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.
This Kampilan has a blade that is 26-7/8” long. Blade thickness is 3/16” at the guard and tapers to 1/16” thick measured an inch from the point. The hilt which includes the guard is 10-3/8” long. There are two iron staples on the guard found on each side. Oval cross section grip has 3 bands of wrapping with the rattan strips at the back and black string wrapping forward. The string wrappings were probably added later. The pommel is a stylized gaping jaws of naga or crocodile with carvings on the perimeter. One of the eyelets on the right side of the pommel is a coin attached with a metal pin. It is a US coin used in the Philippines and dated 1903 and is moistly likely silver with a light patina. The sword weighs 1 lb and 7 oz.
From Mindanao circa late 1800 to early 1900. The dated coin does not necessarily confirm the actual date. It could have been added later on or maybe the same year of production.
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