Philippine Ifugao Second World War Period Bolo with Hollow Grip
This Ifugao Bolo is Second World War period example. The bolo has an overall length of 18 1/4" and still retains a sharp edge although there are some small dents in it from use. The jungle knife is made entirely from one piece of metal with the handle being a hollow tub covered in 8 woven rattan bands. The back edge of the heavy blade above the rattan covered grip is 3/8" thick. The scabbard is intact but there is some minor loss to the woven rattan strap that holds the small wooden bar to the scabbard's main body. The rear of the scabbard has a wide-fluted type design run down it similar to some Ifugao containers and mortars. A nice example jungle knife that can also outfitted as a polearm due to the hollow grip.