Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, None
This is my first blade patterned after the barong. Out of the box it was sharpened nicely with an outstanding flat grind. As I was taking it through its paces delimbing dead tree branches, splitting & chopping dead logs, I rolled the edge in the sweet spot. Was an easy fix just tapping it straight. When it happened I figured that i chopped it into a tough season knot in the elm stump. But it happened again close to the same spot, this time being in a pine tree knot, which isn't really tough stuff. Fixed it again & reground the edge bevel properly. My suspicions are that the blade wasn't tempered thoroughly & I may have reground the edge too keen. But I'm just gonna keep this lemon for blade stock because it would be too much investment to mail it back & wait for a new one. I've already modified the handle to a smooth transition from the choil to handle like the traditional barong in the Philippines. Am planning on making the toucan bill pommel more pronounced somehow. The leather sheath is outstanding quality. This will do for me & wasn't a bad buy at all.