Indonesia & Philippines
A Early Sundang / Moro Kris Sword
Origin: Mindenao, Philippines
Date: Late 18 - early 19 C.
Sundang swords, sometimes referred to as Kalis, or Moro sword are most commonly found in Mindanao, Philippines but are also spread around from Malaya in the west to Moro Land in the east. All with small variations that make exact identification not easy. The Moro Sundang swords are usually larger and heavier than their Malay sisters as the case may be in the sword offered here.
The early 19 or late 18 C Sundang sword offered here has a relatively short blade and low number of luks (5). Also the straight half blade tip suggest an early sword. Unusual forging. A pattern welded core and high carbon steel edges. This leaves a contrast in the lighter shade of the core and the darker of the edges. One brass clamp hold the blade in position. Simple but original wood handle bound with several bands of braided rattan strips.
Blade 19 inches. Total length 23 inches. Very Good condition. No scabbard. Authentic, impressive, early Sundang sword.
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