The Mansaka utilize the widely-known bolo or utilitarian knife used by many Southeast Asians, including other Philippine groups. The ubiquity of the bolo belies its complexity, from a tool for cutting to its use for digging. The hilt is carved hardwood, but the presence of a metal crossguard suggests a European influence. The sheath is made of hardwood and has rattan lashings and intricately carved sunburst designs where the holes are bored. Rattan or rope can be put through to be tied to the user’s belt. After all, the bolo is a familiar weapon strapped to the waist of a male, ready to be used.
You may want to read: