One of the best looking short sword in the Philippines is the kakala (bolo/machete) used by the Mandaya of Mindanao. Kris Cutlery designed a rendition of this beautiful sword. The single edge blade has “triangular” tip. It has slight curve edge at the bottom. Forged from 5160 steel, the edge is hardened. Blade is 15-3/4” long, 2-3/8” at the widest and ¼” near the guard. A rectangular brass guard is used. Handle is made from Molave wood with an octagonal cross section and a brass ferrule. Total handle length is 6-1/2”. Back part of the handle has a projection at the bottom depicting a stylized Naga or mythical dragon.
Utilitarian wood scabbard from Molave has 4 separate bindings of black string. The sword has excellent balance and well made.