Philippine Ifugao Early Bolo with Woven Rattan Covered Grip
This early Ifugao Bolo has a woven rattan covered grip and most of it's original scabbard. The bolo has an overall length of about 17 3/4" and a very sharp edge. The back edge of the blade above the rattan covered grip is 1/4" thick. The scabbard is missing the small wooden bridge type piece that would be held in place by the woven rattan strap that is still present. There is also a partial leather belt attached via woven rattan and old twine. The rear of the scabbard has a wide-fluted type design run down it similar to some Ifugao containers and mortars. A fantastic early example jungle knife.
This bolo was purchased several years ago in Southern California as part of a small group of pieces that were collected during the Spanish American War period including swords, a shield, and a headaxe. There is an old circular paper tag that says 25 on one side of it secured by a string cord to the scabbard.