Philippines damascus taliban

length: 18"
blade: 13 3/4"
blade width: 1 1/4" max
grip: 4 3/4"
weight: 9 oz

Talibon knife from the Philippines with fine-textured, lineal laminated steel blade (usually referred to as damascus steel, watered steel, or pamor steel). The blade has an excellent hard-spring temper, very stiff, but flexible as well. Blade is from the late 1800's. Scabbard and grip are not original to the blade - the scabbard is a circa 1900 tourist sheath obviously made to attract American purchasers during the Philippine and Spanish/Aerican Wars. The grip is a modern replacement in the traditional style. Asians traditionally consider the blade to be the weapon, all other parts are just weapion "dress". Damaged handles and scabbards are routinely replaced, and this practice continues with current Asian collectors.