Kalis


Kalis

A kalis is a type of double-edged Filipino sword, often with a "wavy" section, similar to a kris. Unlike the Kris, the Kalis's double-edged blade can be used for both cutting and thrusting.

It is believed that the Kalis first appeared in the 13th century. Its original location is the island of Java which is situated in the Indonesian archipelago. From there Kalis migrated to its today's location -- the Philippines. Countries in which the Kalis is considered to be one of the main weapons include Malaysia and some other countries in Southeast Asia.

The Kalis is available in different shapes and sizes. Usually, the Kalis has a special blade that is straight at the top and has a wavy shape at the handle. All the Filipino types of Kalis swords are both larger and heavier than those from Indonesia. Although it is considered to be a slashing weapon, Kalis has a special thrusting power which is very dynamic.

Its durability and sharpness can be comparable to the Japanese Katana. Kalis can easily cut some hard objects. These types of swords are made by hand in several Filipino tribes.

Literature

*Cato, Robert, "Moro Swords". Singapore: Graham Bash, 1996.

ee also

* Filipino Martial Arts
* Klewang
* Kampilan

External links

* [http://www.sharpblades.net/index.php?page=post&id=43| Philippine Weapons Diversity]


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