Blade: 13.50" / Overall: 19.50", The Kambantuli is one of the quick, chopping blades favored by the Moro warriors and pirates of the Southern Philippines. This surprisingly lightweight and agile blade has a wide chopping blade and a sharp thrusting tip. Crafted in the Philippines, the blade is sharp and of 5160/D2 high carbon steel tempered to HRC 58-60. The short guard and ferrule are of blackened metal and the grip is of hand-carved ironwood. A carved wooden scabbard, the blade in place by going over the lip of the guard. It can be released by a good tug on the grip. The Moro are the indigenous Muslim population of the Southern Philippines - they have had centuries of conflict with northern neighbors, Spanish and American colonialists. These Filipinos were converted to Islam by Muslim missionaries of the Persian Gulf and China. Though many of their warriors had an allegiance to their sultan, many were engaged in Sulu Sea piracy against the northern Philippine islands and especially the Spanish. A minority, they developed an extensive array of distinctive edged weapons. Even today, these are still considered symbols against occupation and are displayed proudly, often on a ??Weapons of Moroland?? plaque.
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