Double Edged Blade


Socket is used for mounting pole so it can be adapted into a spear. This size can be used to cut vegetables says my Ifugao host

My Ifugao host uses this dagger of primitive design as household tool (I saw it near the kitchen). Looks like an appropriate tool to kill small animals for food or for ritual purposes.


Weaved rattan on the handle and across the scabbard

Looks like it can also be used (or has been used) as hunting tool for wild pigs, for instance. The hole at the base is for inserting pole to transform the implement into a spear.


Dagger can safely lock in place in that open-faced wooden scabbard

Long ago when tribal wars still exist in the mountains of Cordillera, this double edged blade tool might have been primarily designed as weapon.



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