AGE: – Unsure of exact age, assuming 19th Century but possibly older
CONSTRUCTION: – Steel & Wood
DESCRIPTION: – Filipino Double Edged Antique Moro Sword
TOTAL LENGTH INCL. SCABBARD: – 71cm
BLADE LENGTH:– 54cm
WEIGHT: – 750gms
Filipino Double Edged Antique Moro Sword – There are two types of keris used by the Moro people of the Philippines, one is referred to as Kalis and is the name used by the Samals, Tausugs, and Yakans. In the Mindanao, it is called Sundang and is used by the Maguindanos, Maranaos and others throughout parts of Asia such as Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Moro keris has the most varied design and style amongst the bladed weapons found in the Philippines and was originally a combat weapon and a key symbol of man’s rank and status within his tribe, also believed to have special powers.
The older style sword had fewer waves which were wider and deeper. Over time the waves on the blade became more numerous, shallower and closer together requiring greater skill in preventing the blade from embedding itself in the enemy’s body.