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Hombre 29th July 2019 09:51 AM

Philippines 2?
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Need help with this one too.... and every opinions at all are veru much appreciated...


Ian 29th July 2019 01:34 PM

Ilokano knife -- sinan kapitan
Hi Hombre:

This is an easy one to identify because the hilt form is distinctive. The knife is Ilokano in manufacture, probably from Ilocos Sur. The hilt is called a sinan kapitan or Antonio Luna. The sheath is also typical Ilokano work. Your knife was probably made in the mid-20th C.

Antonio Luna was a Revolutionary War hero, and General of the Philippine Army in the Philippines-American War at the end of the 19th C. You can read more about Ilokano knives and their distinctive hilts in the excellent post by migueldiaz here.



Hombre 29th July 2019 03:24 PM

Thank you so very much for your help, Ian! I really appreciate it!


Ian 29th July 2019 05:54 PM

You're welcome Stefan. That is a nice knife that you picked up and the leather sheath is in pretty good condition too. There is quite a lot written about Ilokano knives on this site, and you can find more information using the Search function.

Sajen 30th July 2019 04:23 PM

Hi Stefan,

Agree with everything said before from Ian, here you can see two of my Ilokano bolos with the same handle style:


Hombre 30th July 2019 09:24 PM

Hi Detlef,

Thanks for the link.... Very interesting! I really appreciate it!

I shall follow your advice Ian and use the search function.
It is there for a reason....:)


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