Longest sword in the Philippines is the Kampilan. Found in Mindanao and favored by the Moro Warriors – Iranuns, Maguindanaons, Maranaos, Subanons and others. It is the sword that slain Magelan in 1521 in Mactan near Cebu according to Pigafetta the chronicler of the expedition in search of the Spice Islands.
Typical straight blade is 26-1/8” long and is 5/16” thick at the guard and tapers gradually to 1/16” thick an inch from the blade tip. Blade is clean overall with a light coating of clear varnish or lacquer to protect it from rusting. The handle including the cross guard is 10” long. At the side of the wooden crossguard is an iron “staple” piercing to the other side. Then a rattan strip binds the guard to the grip section to help secure the guard. Back part of the handle is a stylized gaping jaw of a naga or crocodile with carvings on top and bottom. Actual weight of the sword is 1 lb. 13 oz.
Clean overall for its’ age. From Mindanao circa late 1800.
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