As a practitioner of Filipino Martial Arts, a great sword is a necessity. I’ve been meaning to post a review of a Ginunting I purchased a while back, and am finally getting to it now. I bought my Ginunting from Ron Kosakowski’s Traditional Filipino Weapons. I’ve bought plenty swords over the years, probably 20 or more. I bought a samurai sword in Japan from the 1800’s, a Laotian soldiers sword in Laos from the early 1900’s, several Iban head hunting swords on the island of Borneo, a Filipino Pinute, etc., etc. Of all the swords I own, if I had to take one into a sword fight it would be my Ginunting from Ron’s store. (By the way, I do not know Ron and am not profiting in any way from writing this review…and of course I will hopefully never be in a sword fight!) Here is a comparison of the similarly priced Pinute from another company, and my Ginunting from TFW:
You probably can’t tell much of a difference from the above photo, other than noticing the cheap scabbard that comes with the Pinute (top). But take a look at a close up of the blades…from the back:
The Ginunting is on the left. As you can probably see, the steel is twice as thick and a much higher quality on the Ginunting. Here’s a close up of the scabbards and handles:
The handle on the Pinute isn’t all that bad, but the scabbard is such junk that it falls right out. The Ginunting fits perfectly in the scabbard. It’s snug, and definitely won’t fall out. It handles like no other sword…amazing. So if you’re looking for an excellent quality Filipino sword, order it from Traditional Filipino Weapons. I’ll be ordering a couple more styles in the near future…
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