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ignatzami
1/04/2007 12:17pm,
Hey, I'm looking for a good (not a wall-hanger) Espada, pref. in the 28" blade length, good cord or leather grip though wood would be acceptable. I've done a few Google searches but all I'm turning up is 440 garbage. Any suggestions?

Matt Bernius
1/04/2007 12:33pm,
I have Kris Cutleries Espada y daga and like it a lot. I've definitely used it to practice from time to time. Never been stupid enough to work it against another live blade.

http://kriscutlery.com/philippine/philippine.html

- Matt

Chili Pepper
1/04/2007 3:56pm,
I have Kris Cutleries Espada y daga and like it a lot. I've definitely used it to practice from time to time. Never been stupid enough to work it against another live blade.

http://kriscutlery.com/philippine/philippine.html

- Matt

Kris Cutlery's espada gets the nod from me too.

StickHead
1/04/2007 10:50pm,
You may take a look at http://www.psdtc.com/Filipino.bladed.weapons.htm

ignatzami
1/04/2007 11:10pm,
Thanks,

The www.psdtc.com site seems to be a reseller of Kris Cutlery... and at higher prices. Is this correct or are they just freakishly similar?

Permalost
1/05/2007 1:11am,
To me, the term espada just means sword, so I'm not sure if you're looking for a particular type. Cold Steel makes a very good barong. Laci Szabo makes some impressively designed swords and there's lots of FMA influence on their cutlery.
Cold Steel barong:
http://www.coldsteel.com/88pb.html
Laci Szabo: there's a few nice looking but expensive swords on the edged and custom pages:
http://www.szaboinc.com/index1.html

Permalost
1/05/2007 3:51am,
You may take a look at http://www.psdtc.com/Filipino.bladed.weapons.htm

They've got some nice looking ironwood sticks.

StickHead
1/05/2007 6:30pm,
I'm not sure if psdtc is a reseller of kris cutlery, you may want to ask.

Lefty
1/05/2007 6:38pm,
The toughest, most durable sword I have is a world war 2 machete I bought for hardly anything at a military surplus store.

Sir Ocelot
1/05/2007 10:55pm,
Thanks,

The www.psdtc.com site seems to be a reseller of Kris Cutlery... and at higher prices. Is this correct or are they just freakishly similar?

Maybe not that similar. Compare the kampilan:

http://kriscutlery.com/philippine/kampilan.html
http://www.traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/filipino.Kampilan.htm

The hilts are somewhat different; most notably, the handles curve opposite directions with respect to the blade. (A quick GIS brought up some historical examples matching the KC in this; I don't know Filipino weapons well enough to say if both ways were done historically.)

The TraditionalFilipinoWeapons marketing copy is pretty entertaining if you know a little about sword metallurgy.

Planktime
1/06/2007 10:34am,
I also own the Kris Cutlery Espada y daga. they are great however you will want to buy some cotton cord and wrap the handles. I broke the wood off of my Pira that I bought at the same time. Otherwise the steel is good stuff, well tempered and holds a fine edge. I have also done some custom file work on mine to give them my own flavor.