Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Manila, Phils.
Then almost a hundred years later, in the Visayas as recorded by the Spanish priest Alcina, the same sword design persisted.
Pls. note that the design is almost identical to Hutterer's Early Iron Age Cebu dagger, especially the 'ice pick' on the hilt's pommel -- and this after about 2,000 years!
As a side note, the placement of the sword on the right side of the waist makes sense then. Because if one were to hold the hilt with the right hand as if holding an ice pick (and not as if holding a hammer), then a quick strike to the enemy can easily be made with said 'ice pick'.