This weapon is a marriage of Beauty and function. If you use a training barong, it is essential to learn how the real thing feels and moves. This blade is the real thing.
I recently purchased a tenegre from Blade Culture International and I found the whole experience exceptionally easy and pleasant. When I had questions about their blades, Gene was quick to respond, providing all the information I needed. My order arrived in a few days and was properly packaged.
The mahogany sheath was nicely done; the locking mechanism is simple but handy. The blade has a good weight to it and balances about five inches in front of the guard. Altogether it feels very comfortable in the hand.
From the Newsletter update of Paul Southren’s Swordbuyersguide.com January 17, 2017
“…Only one more review from the trip to go, and it will be a total change of pace and genre – the BCI (Blade Culture International) ‘Panabas’ – a Filipino blade that proved amazingly durable and frighteningly effective..
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Watch out for Sword-buyers-guide.com’s, issue 109 December 2016
” …From the Only one more review from the trip to go, and it will be a total change of pace and genre – the BCI (Blade Culture International) ‘Panabas’ – a Filipino blade that proved amazingly durable and frighteningly effective.. I will save the juicy details for when the review is complete, but to the right you can see a teaser pick. (the Panabas is pictured in his News Update).
All in all, it was a blast testing all these swords – so when you have a moment check them out – I would especially love to hear from anyone who has purchased one of these swords to see if their opinion on them is the same as mine or not.
Always good to be open minded when it comes to sword evaluation..!”
I’ve owned many swords and cultural knives in my time from wall hangers to fully battle ready live blades. On a scale of 0 to 10 where 5 is a very good wall hanger and 10 is a battle ready blade, the BCI Ginunting/Pisao rates a 8 to 8.5
It is extremely well made with excellent fit and finish and good materials. The Blade is 21 inches of forged 5160 perfectly ground and nicely polished. The false edge is not sharpened. The main edge easily and cleanly slices paper. The grip is ebony and the sheath is mahogany. The butt is cast aluminum and the fittings are carbon steel.
What would it take to move it to the next level? The false edge should be sharpened. The butt piece could be anodized instead of painted and the fittings could be blued instead of painted. The grip is well finished and a bit too slippery and needs to be roughed up for serious work. These are not compliants; just comments.
This blade is a keeper and BCI offers an alternative to TFW, Kahli, and Top Prado. It is a bit more expensive than TFW but appears to be finished better. It is half the price of the least expensive TP blade which are no better finished. The BCI Ginunting/Pisao provides beauty, usefulness, and value.
Thank you Malcolm for your comments and suggestions on our BCI Ginunting/Pisao. We will take them into consideration and see if they can be included in our next batch of Ginunting/Pisao.