A bolo is a large cutting tool similar to the machete, used particularly in the jungles of Indonesia, the Philippines, and in the sugar fields of Cuba. It is primarily intended for clearing vegetation, whether for agriculture or during trail blazing. Bolos are also used as military weapons and as such were a particular favorite of the Filipino resistance during the Philippine Revolution against Spain, the Philippine-American War, and the Commonwealth period. For this reason the study of the…
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The "Talibon" or "Talibong" swords exaggerated belly indicates its uniqueness. This lady sword was seen in the northern Philippines during the later part of the Spanish era to the early American regime. Used for hunting, this swords shape can both cut grass easily (while hunting animals) and slaughter the game when caught.
The kris or keris is a prized asymmetrical dagger most strongly associated with the culture of Indonesia, but also indigenous to Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei. It is known as kalis in the southern Philippines. The kris is famous for its distinctive wavy blade, but in the past, most had straight blades.