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Rafngard 13th August 2019 03:12 AM

3 (4?) New Gunongs
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Hello All,

Presented for comment are three new (to me) gunongs and one odd one. It looks like a gunong, but the profile isn't like anything I've seen before.

Here's my thoughts, smallest to largest:

1) the smallest, and oldest of the four. Early 20th century probably. Additionally, the sheath is probably a recent replacement.

2) pretty young. Definitely last half of the 20th century, maybe last quarter. I like the nails on the hilt though.

3) 1930s or 1940s. I love gunongs from this period. The ferrule and guard are made of horn

4) the confusing one. Is it even a gunong or something else?

And of course, there's family photos. That's practically a requirement.

Any and all comments are appreciated.

Have fun,

Ian 13th August 2019 03:29 AM

Hi Leif:

Another four! You will be challenging tito gunong soon for the largest family collection.

I like the one on the left, the smallest of the four. This is certainly one of your oldest gunong in the family. Of particular note is that the luk have been forged properly, not formed by stock removal (as seen in the second from left and the blade on the far right). The fourth one, on the far right, has an odd blade but nevertheless I would call it a gunong--probably mid- to late-20th C.

All nice additions.



Rafngard 13th August 2019 03:44 AM

Hello Ian,

Thank you for your kind words.

Regarding the 4th, Mid to late 20th century seems about right. The hilt profile also seems a bit off. Also the rope knot work on the scabbard. Are there any other examples of anything like this?


Battara 13th August 2019 04:04 AM

Yup Ian, almost another Tito Gunong!

drac2k 14th August 2019 11:50 AM

Great collection. The 4th one from the left has an unusual blade, however, I once owned one with a similar blade configuration, so there are at least 2 of them out there. In regards to the cordage work on the scabbard, this I would guess was the work of some sailor after he acquired it; very cool.

Ferguson 15th August 2019 03:11 PM

I love 1 & 3!

Sajen 26th August 2019 05:58 PM

Hello Leif,
Love the first one, a very early example! BTW, nice growing collection! ;)


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