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Philippine Gunong Knife

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The 15th Century Gunong Knife was a traditional weapon indicative to the Southern Philippine Islands – in particular Mindanao. It was a personal weapon carried by both Men and Women. It was developed in part, from trade with other Pacific Asiatic Nations and Kingdoms, many of whom favored The Kris Sword. Measuring between 4 and 7-inches in blade length – and 2 ¾ to 3-inches in width, The Gunong featured a slightly tapered wooden handle, typically made from Cocobolo wood (for strength and durability). Typically sharpened on one side, some later (19th Century versions) had a partial top blade sharpened section. This allowed for better penetration thru an opponents rib cage.

 

Seen as ''dueling'' weapon as well, various Warrior-Classes carried The Gunong Knife. Unlike a traditional flattened scabbard, The Gunong had a tubular wooden sheath. Carried as a ceremonial weapon, The Gunong is also one of the most popular souvenir blades purchased by tourists to The Islands.