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HI.

I WILL GO TO CEBU IN JUNE, DO YOU KNOW WERE CAN I GET:

1.- BOLO SWORDS LIKE KAMPILLAN, KUCRY, KNIVES (KARAMBITS, ETC,ETC) . BALINSONGS,  OF GOOD SHAPE AND QUALITY???

2.- GET ANTING ANTING, REAL ANTING ANTING, SOME BODY TOLD ME THAT YOU NEED TO GET ONE THE DATE OF BIRTH, THE NAME OF THE PERSON ,ETC,ETC.

I DON´T WANT A SOUVENIR, I WANT A REALLY ANTING ANTING.

COULD YOU HELP ME???

THANK YOU

REGARDS FORM MEXICO

LALO PALOMARES

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Hey bro. 

Here is some advice given to me by a friend in that area. You can find the training blades sold by bladesmiths on the road going from center town to basak pardo. The shops are around 1 mile before the university of San Jose Recoletos. Just ask the taxi driver. Take note that if you want made to order blades you may have to wait a few days before delivery.

About balisongs, I am not sure bout those. I figured there should be some in Cebu too. 

Anting antings are given to you by a person who you know or knows you and trusts your character. It cannot be bought. Those who sell these are not the real thing. I don't practice this. But I just understand the way it goes. Usually it's your relative like uncle, father, cousin or guro who will give you one. Good luck with this. Just be reminded it cannot be bought. And there are many different rituals or ways it is passed on to you and to keep it alive. Depending on how it is given. 

Hope this helps. 

thanks a lot for the info, specially abot the antig antig I didn´t knwo about that.

talking about NO training knves, could I get them in that places close to the San Jose Recoletos Univ.

 

Once again Thank you.

The problem is in getting swords out there...most are cheaply made tourist attractions more than realistic heavy duty battle and/or tool ready swords. Believe me, I looked all over the place. Even the Batangus balisongs and swords are more touristy.

 

About 11 years ago, I got to be good friends with a family tribe that has been making them within their family since the days they were needed. They had it down to an exact science in the way they were engineered. So I went into business with them. Now I export very high quality steels to them which they blend and I now sell them online. take a look at www.TraditionalFilipinoWeapons.com. They are all individually hand forged and well crafted. Believe me, if they were made here in the US, you could not get the handles and sheaths carved out likt this for what the whole sword and sheath costs on the web site. Let me know your thoughts on them.

Hi there Lalo,

I admire you for patronizing Filipino blades.This act is helpful for the Philippine blade industry and Filipino bladesmiths as well.

I've heard there are lots of Cebu blades and I believe they are of excellent quality and cheaper prices.They  are manually forged by expert bladesmiths too. It is a common knowledge that  Filipino craftmanship is excellent,as we knew, we Filipinos value durability and efficiency that is why we only craft something that we can be proud of. There is a Facebook Group Cebu Blades Enthusiasts wherein I am also a member,try to join them and ask my friend,Thomas Batucan to help you find good blades in Cebu. 

If you happen to drop by in Manila,you can also consider our blades,we have those blades mentioned above. To see our blades visit  www.facebook.com/kalahiblades

Thanks and see you around.

Allan Fami

I like Ron's weapon's I bought one from him 5 yrs ago. But my buddy loved it so much he begged to buy it off me. And his experiences are really true. the suggestion I gave was from a friend from Cebu. Make sure you shop around. And find the ones you like. If the sword maker believes in his product he will bang them together before he sells them. I bought a sword in bohol the maker said if you don't believe me here's a torture test. He banged them together three times. 

Alan's suggestion is good too. Looks like a good collection. 

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