Handcrafted in the Philippines, this Sansibar sword has a sharp blade of 5160/D2 high carbon steel. The sinuous slashing blade has a long and thin cutting plane; half the blade spine is thick and blunt near the base of the blade for durability – it tapers significantly mid blade to meld into a thin and sharpened false edge. This thinned cross-section of the main cutting portion of the blade creates a design intended to cut into and pass through targets with minimal resistance and drag. The false edge is not as sharp as the main edge, but it does have a sharpened edge.
The bolster is steel and the grip is well-carved from local Filipino wood. The sword comes with a wooden scabbard crafted from locally sourced Filipino wood and embellished with bands of rattan. A blackened steel retention clip slides over the sword guard bolster and locks it into the scabbard.
Unlike many Filipino bladed weapons, the Sansibar is intended solely as a weapon and is not also used as a general purpose cutting tool. The Sansibar originated as a self-defense sword for boatmen who ventured into rivers to cut and harvest bamboo for boatmaking. They were typically well-traveled and would routinely visit many islands in the Philippines – a practice which spread the Sansibar design widely and also allowed it to develop into a wide range of varieties adapted to local tastes.