Alessandra De Santis
The Barong (or Barung) machete is a traditional weapon of the Tausug Moro of Sulu and it makes part of the Parang family. It has variable size (30 to 60 cm) and it has origin from Philippines archipelago, particularly from Mindanao and the Sulu Islands.
The Phurpa is a ritual object rather widespread in Asian countries that have been influenced by Tibetan. Sometimes called "dagger sacred" the Phurpa was used in rituals by high level tantric practitioners, to fight evil spirits and to destroy obstacles.
Spain has a well established and rich knifemaking tradition, especially in cities like Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Granada, Jaén, Valencia and Seville, whose blades are known worldwide.
The antecedents of many Arab and Ottoman swords and daggers are to found in the sword of Sasanians and also in those of Bronze Age Luristan (the current western Iraq).
13° Edition of Culter Expo knife show in Novegro (Milan, Italy)
The 2016 edition of IWA Show in Nuremberg has brought to Europe a lot of news in the blades industry and was attended, for the first time, some world-famous custom knife makers, such as Rick Hinderer and Todd Begg.