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Old 11th September 2020, 08:37 AM   #1
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Hi friends,

A sangi knife. This was bought together with the Gopa Sibo knife. According to the seller, it also came from the Tagakaolo tribe. There was originally a small ID tag on this piece but was lost in time. It says 'Kaolu.'

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Old 11th September 2020, 01:16 PM   #2
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Yves,

Thanks again for sharing your family's collection. It's interesting how this style of work knife/woman's knife has diffused among various Lumad groups: Bagobo, T'boli, B'laan, Tagakaolo, etc. Tribal differences seem to be in the hilts and scabbards, with the blade form being much the same profile.

I would have difficulty distinguishing this one from a Bagobo example.

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Old 12th September 2020, 12:41 PM   #3
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Hi Sir Ian,

I saw this picture reference of sangi knives.

.'The one that I've posted here could very well be in the likeness of the 'kiping' type (b). Only my blade is said to come from the Kaolo tribe. I've noticed the different scabbard and blade profiles of item a,b and c. 'ilap' and 'kiping' might be the local dialect? for these types of knives. Just thinking.

We have these variants (a,b,c, in our collection). Will post it.



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Yves, thank you for the picture. I've enlarged it here so that we can read the text more easily. The Bagobo and T'boli attributions come from a Philippine museum source, and so we can probably accept them as accurate.

David, thanks for the link to the earlier thread that contains further helpful information about these knives. There is a National Geographic picture reproduced in that thread showing a Bagobo man wearing one of these utility knives (picture attached). Interestingly, the bells on the sheath of that knife are B'laan in origin.

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In the immediately preceding post, there is a knife that is described as a kiping and attributed to the Bagobo people. I have a knife that bears a note saying it is a "Mandaya keping." This could also be a utility knife but of a different style to the sanggi. The blade resembles a small barung. Pictures are attached.

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