Edged Weapons Trivia Week: Panabas

Panabas - Photo Courtesy of www.traditionalfilipinoweapons.com

This next beauty is from the Southern Philippines. These blades can range from 2 to 4 feet in length and often widens out towards the tip of the blade. Like the Chinese Butterfly swords these were made for hacking but they differ in that they were primarily chosen for their lethal capabilities. While they did see some agricultural and domestic uses, they became most notoriously known for dispatching survivors on the battlefield and executions making them an excellent choice for zombie elimination.

Cultural Significance:
The Panabas is one of the weapons displayed on the “Weapons of Moroland” crest found in many traditional Filipino homes. The Moros were tribes from the southern Philippines and are infamous for being pirates and guerrilla warriors. They have to date never been fully conquered by any invading force which puts them officially in the Seriously-Bad-Ass category.

 

Source Material:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panabas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapons_of_Moroland
http://www.traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/Panabas.htm

 

 On December 7 & 8 we will be holding blade specific workshops. Check out our Eventbrite page to sign up while there’s still space

Eventbrite - Advanced Cut Seminar

Eventbrite - Knife Throwing 101

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