Bolo Knife – Great for Trail Blazing and Agriculture
The bolo knife happens to be one of the more interesting knives and it has an intriguing history as well. These knives were once used as a weapon for militaries, especially during the Philippine Revolution that took place in 1898 against the country of Spain. They were also used again in the Philippine-American war as weapons. Of course, originally these knives were not designed for fighting. They were originally used as a farming tool. However, since the average person had at least one of these knives, it became an excellent option in combat. You may even be surprised to find that this knife and learning how to use it is popular within certain Filipino martial arts too.
Wondering what a bolo knife looks like? This is a very large knife and it looks very close to the machete. It has been used in Cuba, the Philippines, and even in Indonesia. The primary design of this knife is to help with trail blazing or with agriculture. It works very well when working to clear away any vegetation that may be in the way. Interestingly enough, this knife was used in wars because it was readily available and it was even used to attempt an assassination on Imelda Marcos by Carlito Dimahilig back in 1972.
You’ll find that a bolo knife usually has a hardwood handle on it. You also have a full tang and the blade widens and curves. Usually this occurs near the tip of the knife, which gives the knife a forward center of gravity, helping out when using it to chop down vegetation. The bolo knives that were designed to use in combat instead of using them to clear vegetation actually are a big longer and the tip is not quite as wide, since the use is a bit different.
You may be surprised to find that various types of these knives are actually available. Here is a look at just a few of the options you may want to consider.
1 – One type of bolo knife is known as the all purpose bolo. This knife is used for various odd jobs, such as breaking coconuts open.
2 – The bolo guna is another type of bolo knife. This one is shaped specifically to help with weeding and digging out the roots of plants.
3 – You also have the haras, which looks much like a scythe, although a bit smaller. It is used to cut away taller grasses.
4 – Another type of bolo knife is the pinuti. This knive usually has scorpion, spider, or even snake venom on the tip and it is used to defend yourself.
5 – The kutsilyo is another option that actually comes from the Spanish word meaning knife, cuchillo. Usually this type of knife is used for slaughtering pigs.
If you enjoy collecting knives, you may be considering the purchase of a bolo knife. Usually collectors want to go with the more traditional bolo knives with the original shape and size. The good news is that it is fairly easy to find these knives yet today. One of the best places to begin your search is definitely on the internet. Many auction sites auction off these knives on a regular basis.
Of course, before bidding on or buying a bolo knife online, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you see a picture of the knife first. Inspect it carefully to ensure there are no big problems with the knife. It’s also a good idea to check into the history of the seller to ensure you’ll be buying from someone who legitimately sells these knives. You may even want to research the going price on these knives before you make an offer so you get a reasonable price.
It can be exciting to collect knives and the bolo knife is definitely one of the more interesting options available. It makes a great knife for a collection and no doubt you’ll enjoy adding it to your display.
Originally posted 2011-01-05 08:39:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter