Military Filipino Machete

Discussion in 'Filipino Combat Arts Forum' started by ednemo, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

    796
    Feb 3, 2000
    Ted,
    Turn around time was about a month. The shipping was about another month. I don't think that is typical but who knows. The Gununting was definitely worth the wait. I have 5 Gununtings including one from Traditional Filipino Weapons. I like this one the best it's just the right size.

    Ray Smith
     
  2. TedPalmer

    TedPalmer

    Jan 27, 2003
    thanks for the intel Ray!
    so it sounds like you got the 17" blade...
    Ted
     
  3. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith

    796
    Feb 3, 2000
    It was the 17" blade the handle fits my hand better than the other Gununtings i own also.

    Ray Smith
     
  4. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise

    2
    Nov 13, 2008
    Turn around time is really good for this style of custom work. The quality is great and you can order a large or small sized handle depending on your hand size.

    Oh and did I mention that it cuts great!!! :cool:
     
  5. H2H907

    H2H907

    Dec 30, 2007
    Still getting one regardless, but how is it on the thrust?
     
  6. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
    heat-sunk tang onto wood. early on, i thought this was a weak system and i pictured blades suddenly flying out from the handle during kali practice. but my years in the visayas and mindanao taught me how strong this arrangement is. it's like the wood has grown around the blade tang. in rural areas, you see people doing gardening work and chopping firewood using dull, wornout guloks. the blade had been dulled back several inches from years of heavy use but the wooden handle is still firmly attached to the blade.
     
  7. Juramentado

    Juramentado

    185
    Aug 23, 2003
  8. InfidelShootist

    InfidelShootist

    Nov 10, 2007
    Awesome weapons.
    Good luck with the new website.
    You'll be hearing from me soon.
     
  9. spyken

    spyken Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 29, 2002
    is it possible to get a wooden sheath/scabbard instead? whilst kydex is tough, I do not like to thrust a kydex-sheathed ginunting around my belt.

    is the tang glued to the handled, or is it just heat sinked...
     
  10. Juramentado

    Juramentado

    185
    Aug 23, 2003
    Yup the hot tang method is very sturdy. It may seem strange at first to trust that it will keep the blade in the handle, but its been proven to be extremely effective.


    It's both heat sunk and glued it.

    We've gotten some requests for hardwood sheaths, and we're studying the possibility for 2009. It will go against our company's intention, which is to make more functional Filipino blades using modern materials, and I do trust kydex enough to use it, but I'm willing to listen to what customers want. :)
     
  11. hotmahi

    hotmahi

    15
    Oct 24, 2007
    Has anybody experienced any problems getting these into CONUS with customs?
     
  12. Juramentado

    Juramentado

    185
    Aug 23, 2003
    most of my sales are to the US. I just declare them as "machetes".
     
  13. tedwca

    tedwca

    Dec 10, 2005
    Wow, those are nice. I'll definitely be ordering this year.
     
  14. chugokujin

    chugokujin

    549
    Dec 21, 2002
    Juramentado,

    How bout a peened version. Especially with carabao horn. If I were in P.I. I would have absolutely no problem with the non peened version. However, as makers know, woods change (expand/shrink, moisture, etc.) depending on climate. Scabbard makers included.

    I've personally tested and broken many hardwood baston sets ( one in cold climate and one in warm) such as cocobolo, bahi, kamagong, african ebony. They have performed poorly in the colder climate because of hardness/brittleness of the wood.These are tropical woods afterall. And no, rubbing mineral oil contrary to popular belief only prevents drying out and won't help the nature of its hardness. My bahi from Qiapo market All cracked just arriving back to nyc's winter.

    That said, I have quite a few ginunting and Pinoy blades and I really dig these. Just wished they were peened. Thats what this potential customer would like to see.
     
  15. b.c.molin

    b.c.molin

    Nov 28, 2008
    +1 :thumbup:
     
  16. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
    just a little bit of history: here are bolos designed by americans, for use by american soldiers in the philippines. i guess they qualify as traditional. :)

    obviously patterned after working bolos in luzon main island: 1909 design
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    now you know how the smatchette originated: 1917 design
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    as we know it today: 1942
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  17. TedPalmer

    TedPalmer

    Jan 27, 2003
    I recently recieved a typhoon gununting and the punyo flairs, both top and bottom, are even larger/more pronounced than in the pic up above in this thread. Before I modify things, I am wondering if anyone knows of a practical use for these?
    I don't see any improved use for them in trapping, striking or weapon retention. What am I missing?
    TIA
    Ted
     
  18. MVF

    MVF Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    I would also be interested in the answer to that. As well, can anyone discuss the ginunting versus the dahong palay? 17" versus 21"?

    I am currently leaning towards the 21" dahong palay, but am open to being persuaded.
     
  19. chugokujin

    chugokujin

    549
    Dec 21, 2002
    Ted,

    it might be helpful if you can post a pic. Many times, especially with Filipino bolos that I've felt (including a few I own) its final size is random depending on the size of wood or horn the maker started with. I had 6 ROA bolos in the same design, all in carabao horn and none of them felt the same. Some were flatter or rounder on the sides, some have more of a pinky hook, some handles smaller and it all had to do with the size of what the maker started with. In your case, the maker might have been trying to make the handle proportioned or maybe he just wanted it to look more ornate. Maybe just aesthetics. I have quite a few bolos with the parakeet head shape and they all look and feel different.

    MVF, what would you like to discuss about the two? The ginunting is more slash oriented and forward heavy and the dahong palay is more thrust oriented. Personally I would opt for the 17" as its long enough to cover a longer weapon and absolutely more maneuverable in close quarters. An extra 4" wouldn't help in cqb and isn't all that additionally helpful in distance. With my 15" and 19" KC bolos, I don't feel a reach advantage and I try to rely on footwork for proper reach as these aren't lengthy like Euro longswords anyway. Besides, I always try to imagine that the opponent will have a blade longer than mine and don't rely on fixed reach. This is just my opinion. If the 21" suits you, go for it. I like the ginunting.
     
  20. MVF

    MVF Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    Thanks Chugokujin. I pulled out my longest machete- it's 18" and feels plenty long, so I guess I'll be going with the 17" dahong palay. You confirmed my guess about the difference and I have enough slashers. Thanks again for the help!
     

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