Originally Posted by kai
I do wonder whether the hilt got married to the blade at a later time (maybe abroad)? The last band with okir seems a tad large, too. Any hints it might be an older replacement? (Looks like genuine Moro craftsmanship though.)
I wouldn't discount the possibility that the hilt could be later but I wouldn't know what to look for that could indicate an age difference between the blade and the hilt . I thought that the blade was Maranao based on the gangya and the hilt as Maranao as well due to the okir on the upper band. The scabbard I wasn't really sure but as Battara said a few Maranao scabbards possessed crosspieces similar to Sulu boat styles (I also crosschecked with Cato after the fact).