Igorot head-hunting axe

length: 24 1/2"
head (edge to spike): 12 /12"
cutting edge: 4"
ferrule shaft: 8 1/2"
wood grip and butt: 13"
weight: 1 lb 11 oz

Fighting and hunting axe of the Igorot head-hunters of Northern Luzon. This particular type is from the Balbelasan people. Several Luzon tribes actively practiced head hunting up until the 1940's. Here are two articles on the practice:



The handle on this axe is a modern reconstruction based upon meticulous research.