Fantasy Panabas Sword by J&L Cutlery (Lyndle Driggers) Nov 21, 2019 17:19:23 GMT
Post by lebleuchevalier on Nov 21, 2019 17:19:23 GMT
The Filipino Panabas
This summer, I was introduced to a unique Filipino weapon commonly referred to as the Panabas. They come in many shapes and sizes: some have curved blades, some are recurved, some are both curved AND recurved. The blades are seldom over 20 inches in length and are usually mounted onto a hardwood haft (exotic hardwoods) that is roughly equal in length to the blade itself. These hafts are often adorned with metal wire, rings, and rattan grip wraps.
An assortment of Panabas, or is it Panabases?
The construction usually consists of a hidden tang, and a rather short tang at that (4-6 inches long), secured with glue (or pitch), a metal or wood pin, a metal sleeve or various wraps. They are typically used as agricultural tools and are designed as items of utility, but when used as weapons they are light, fast, and lethal.
A Panabas made by BCI
I find these weapons so attractive because of their curved lines, ergonomic design and utilitarian qualities. I don't like fussy things, and the Panabas is anything but. I also like the Panabas so much because of its similarity to a sword featured in The Lord of the Rings films.
The High Elven Sword
It is unclear who actually designed this particular sword, but it was likely WETA Workshop artist Warren Mahy. He was influenced by Art Nouveau, Samurai culture, and Oriental weapons. The curved and recurved Indo-Persian Yataghan sword is obviously an influence here, but so is the Japanese Nodachi and the Chinese Dadao. The Panabas, it would seem, is primarily an indigenous tool/weapon, but there are antecedents or similarities to these aforementioned Oriental weapons that likely permeated into into the Philippines through the various conquests. Translation: curved blades are popular.
I briefly considered ordering a replica made by BCI or TFW, and I would be lying if I said Skallagrim's numerous videos on this weapon were not influential, but I wanted a version of this sword more akin to the Elven sword featured in LOTR. So I reached out to our very own Lyndle Driggers.
A Kopis made by J&L Cutlery
I was really intrigued by this Kopis made by Lyndle Driggers. It is both curved and recurved. It has the sort of Elven elegance I was looking for in tandem with a utilitarian approach. I wondered if it would be possible to combine its design elements with a longer handle that is equal in proportion to the blade.
I sent Lyn the following sketch in early July 2019:
To my delight, he agreed to make what I proposed to the tune of $425, an incredibly reasonable price. I sent him a depost in early August and the game was afoot.
In late September, Lyn sent me photos of his progress. This is what the blade looked like after its heat treatment.
Around this time, I sent him a more detailed sketch of the handle construction I proposed.
I sent my final payment in late October. Lyn informed me that his Misses overruled my proposal for the grip scales as it was too simple. One does not argue with Mrs. Driggers, especially since she has such wonderful taste. Lyn took no additional photos before he shipped the sword to me. So when it arrived last Saturday, I was truly surprised when I saw it.
My actual review to follow soon...