SOLD 25 1/8" Cebuano Pinuti Sundang with Aluminum Handle and Rattan-Wrapped Scabbard #1

SOLD 25 1/8" Cebuano Pinuti Sundang with Aluminum Handle and Rattan-Wrapped Scabbard #1
Product Code: Product 88
Product Length: 63.82 cm
Product Weight: 20.60 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: $115.00
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The pinuti is a classic Cebuano blade. It was originally used in the fields and they are long and thin, much like machetes. They were expedient weapons when needed. The term ‘pinuti’ is Cebuano for white. When sharpened up, the blade would no longer be stained from use, and would therefore be ready to fight with. Pinutis are still used for slicing, but even the name ‘pinuti’ strikes fear into the heart of many Cebuanos due to the reputation that precedes these swords.

This pinuti was hand forged on the island of Cebu by some of the best blacksmiths on the entire island. Several of these pinutis were ground right in front of me. The blades are chisel ground, like many Visayan blades. The handles are cast aluminum, a modern twist on the classic design that really helps the balance of these pinutis.

The balance point on this pinuti is 4 3/4” in front of the guard. It measures in at 25 1/8”, a little shorter than an arnis stick. These blades are very popular on the island of Cebu, even today, and these are the go to blades for many eskrima masters.

This pinuti weighs in at 1 lb 4.6 oz, or 1 lb 9.6 oz in the 5 oz scabbard. I believe the scabbard was crafted from jackfruit wood. Cebuano blades (and many other working blades from the Visayas, Indonesia and Malaysia) usually have scabbards that are shellacked for protection from the elements. This greatly increases their durability, but the orange shellac isn’t very attractive to most people. These custom-ordered pinutis have plain scabbards, so you can refinish them and apply the finish of your choice!

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The handle measures in at 5 1/8”, including the guard. The blade is 20”, for a total length of 25 1/8”. The blade is between 3/32” and 3/16” at the tang with a distal taper all the way up to the perfectly ground tip.

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The two halves of the scabbard are nailed together and then wrapped in rattan in three places. These scabbards are wrapped in a small town high in the mountains of Cebu. Whether or not this skill is carried on by the current craftsmen’s children remains to be seen. These scabbards are not a tight fit: the pinuti can move about 1” up and down in the scabbard. This allows for a fast, smooth draw.

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The tip is perfectly ground.

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There is some very minor surface spotting on the blade from storage: these swords are excellent hand forged spring steel, so they must be kept oiled at all times to keep corrosion at bay. The handles aren’t perfectly finished either, but are still comfortable.The handle is just a little snug for my large hands. You could of course substantially improve the overall finishing with a little sandpaper and dedication.

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The blade is right side chisel ground, as many Cebuano blades are. 

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These pinutis have always been popular items here at Pinoy Steel: I haven’t offered them in several months, but I have a few for sale! These are not currently available anywhere else. $115 including shipping.

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