SOLD 18 3/4" Cebuano Native Bolo Sundang with Rattan Wrap and Shellacked Scabbard

SOLD 18 3/4" Cebuano Native Bolo Sundang with Rattan Wrap and Shellacked Scabbard
Product Code: Product 239
Product Length: 47.60 cm
Product Weight: 18.70 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: $105.00
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This is a Cebuano native bolo. This kind of bolo was around before the arrival of the Spanish on the island and is still in use today, with good reason. This is the nicest example of a classic Cebuano bolo you’re likely to find today, and these aren’t available anywhere else. The curve, chisel ground edge and weight forward balance make these very efficient choppers that bite nice and deep.

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The handle and scabbard are both crafted from native wood and were traditionally wrapped in rattan up in the mountains of Cebu before being shellacked for increased durability. The handle is 6” long. The 1.5” of rattan wrap allows for fast indexing and also provides grip where you need it most. The traditionally shaped handle is excellent for preventing the bolo from slipping out of your grip during heavy chopping. The pointed end would also be excellent for punyo strikes.

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The blade is 12.75” long. The balance point is 3.75” in front of the handle. You have to hold this in your hands to really feel the chopping potential in this bolo. The blade is 2.5” wide at its widest point. Please note the blade has some very shallow surface pitting on one side that I have hand polished clean of active rust. 

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The scabbard has a hole drilled through it to allow it to be attached to a belt in the field. 

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This bolo fits my hands very well indeed.

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There is a 1 1/16” lowered portion on the spine of the bolo to allow you to creep up on the blade.

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There is also a small chip in the wood in the back of the scabbard: this was there long before the scabbard was shellacked in Cebu.

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This bolo weighs in at 1 lb 2.7, or 1 lb 7.7 oz in the scabbard. $95.

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