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Barongs are one of the traditional battle swords of the southern Philippines. They are leaf-shaped blades, typically 18-24 inches long, and heavy enough to cut off limbs or a head with a single blow.
The one below, cut from a template, is 21 inches and weighs 11 ounces (I also have a template that is wider and heavier). Short blades like this are excellent for close-quarter combat and are surprisingly well balanced. Styles like Serrada which emphasize weapons proportionate to the length of the arm (armpit to wrist) will feel comfortable with a blade like this as the measurement creates a natural balance.
I’ve had more requests for these than any other blade ….
Handle detail – notches and patterned stamps add to the grip