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Old 29th July 2019, 01:34 PM   #2
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Default 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.


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