Moro Kris

PP24 Moro Sundang

Code: PP24

A good example of a mid-20th C. Moro Kris sword from the Sulu Archipelago, extending from the island of Mindanao, Philippines.  The nomenclature used below, in Tausug, reflects that origin although the various parts of a kris are known by many names in different regions.

Total length = 24" with the blade 18 ¾"

Katik (in Tausug): Intact, tight against blade and not separate; the ganja is curved not straight.

The blade (tiuwang) is very sharp on both sides with a slight diamond cross section extending all the way to the tip. Many scratches and old rust (now mostly cleaned off). As I begin to polish I see the faint lines of lamination but until I'm farther along with cleaning I will make no claims. The seven waves of blade (siku'-siku') are definitely forged, not cut.  This type of blade (full wavy)  is referred to in Tausug as "kalis seco".

There are signs of two stirrups (asang-asang) formerly on the blade but they are now missing.

The blade is very secure in the hilt (puhan). It looks to have been re-secured in the old interior wood of the hilt with a clear-ish gum like substance. The hilt is mounted upside-down, an oddity not uncommon in weapons from the region collected after WWII and a matter of debate among collectors as to the reason.

Pommel: Horse-hoof shape with octagonal shape, each face faced with decorative brass in floral pattern cut through. The mother of pearl inlays are all intact.  The pommel end itself is quite beautiful with an intricate pattern in brass, also octagonal in shape. 

The hilt (puhan) is two layers with the top one of braided wire, looking like copper to my eye, the inner layer is rattan braided tightly and completely covering the grip. The outer layer forming a ladder-like design. Very intricate and typical of the island of Jolo.

Impressive and comfortable to hold. Very well balanced.