Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Sheathed 64.1 cm
Base 8.5 mm
Middle 6 mm
5 cm from tip 4 mm
Base 32 mm
Middle 36 mm
5 cm from tip 25 mm
17.5 cm from hilt
Iron, steel, wood, rattan, plant fiber
Batad Ifugao headhunters
From a German collection
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The hinālung is a double-edged dagger or sometimes as large as a shortsword. They typically have a tang that is rolled into a socket of oval cross-section.1
A Batad Ifugao dictionary says the following:
"A double-bladed bolo of various lengths, usually carried for self defense; large varieties are sometimes used for cutting trees."
"A double-bladed bolo is in one metal piece with a rolled handle, hālung, usually covered with a woven rattan handle covering, allūbung. One variety has a rolled handle base into which a wooden shaft may be inserted to be used, especially in the forest, as a spear." 2
I am personally skeptical about their use as a spearhead, for the following reasons:
1. Such use has never been documented, and seems to rely on guesswork by non-native observers.
2. Ifugao spears are typically tanged, not socketed.
3. Most men carried a spear or javelin anyway. Why would one need a knife that could be made into one? Especially since it's about as much effort to carry a spare headless shaft as it would be just to carry a complete spear.
1. Some more examples can be seen at vikingsword.com.
2. Sil Philippines Languages entry hinālung.
Somewhat larger than the reference examples I could find, more of a shortsword than a dagger. Blade is double-edged and leaf shaped, with diagonal tool marks. Edges are smoother, suggesting harder steel there, so I think it's a three-plate construction with a high carbon edge plate between two layers of softer iron or steel.
In handling it really feels like a good shortsword. Enough of a forward balance for heavy cuts. Very much like a good, stout Chinese jiàn.
Tang is hammered flat and rolled into a socket that serves as a hilt. It is wrapped with braided rattan for improved grip.
The scabbard consists of two pieces of wood, held together by two pieces of braided rattan. A third was probably once present at the top, now missing. The scabbard retains a rattan and plant fiber carrying strap.
Good, original, untouched condition. Some staining on blade, but stable. A split in the lower part of the scabbard and missing its rattan binding at the top.
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