Philippines Blacksmith - Making Bolos

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  • Publicado em 31 Jul 2016
  • I had a bolo made by a blacksmith in Mambajao, Camiguin Island, Philippines. The shop is a beehive of activity, and the workers are busy continuously. The shop does a lot of local business, but even tourists stop by to get knives as souvenirs.

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  • Maccoy Consumo
    Maccoy Consumo 5 meses atrás

    are these guys in panay?

  • AnxiousPotato
    AnxiousPotato 5 meses atrás

    *kalayaan intensifies*

  • nsdtgabe ////
    nsdtgabe //// 6 meses atrás

    What type of oxygen blower do you guys use

  • Mike Last name
    Mike Last name 8 meses atrás

    I admire the hell out of that guys tong work. That’s some impressive skill and strength. No one ever talks about that. I’m finding it more important the more I practice.

  • crimdell
    crimdell 8 meses atrás +4

    No fancy forge. No grinding wheel. No hydraulic presses. But also; no eye protection, and flip flops instead of steel-toe boots. That's the Filipino way.
    Nice surprise to hear Morissette singing Akin Ka Na Lang in the background (5:55). If you've never heard that song click this link, listen to the entire song, and then come back and thank me after you've become addicted and listened to it 50 times. brclip.com/video/p2FXQgtmPDw/video.html

  • 如是青山
    如是青山 Anos atrás

    I have 1868 bolo blade use by the Christian ilocanu had ironwood handle with ebony scabbard ,even I still using very good steel I don't know what steel is this ,but is so strong and by the way she have 9kills ,

    • 如是青山
      如是青山 Anos atrás

      @American Expat In The Philippines yes its was my she have old photos from late 1870s from real owner age 78 from those photos until it pass from my grandfather and me ,but the price its worth 60,000pesos because its all complete all those photos from the sword to her original carabao belt and also full tang if only I can show you the photos,but my grandfather don't want to sell it because its has lots of memory and also he is skrimador ,

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  Anos atrás +1

      It sounds like you have an important historical artifact. I'd get it assessed by an historian if I was you. If they think it's an important piece I'd maybe loan it to a college museum. I wouldn't sell it, though, unless I was desperate.

  • Carl Tilley
    Carl Tilley Anos atrás

    Enjoyed watching those guy work together. Great video, do more! Subbed.

  • KuroReanimation
    KuroReanimation Anos atrás

    Were those spoon gouges/chisels next to the whetstones, steak knives, and axe heads?

  • Luhar Mohammad
    Luhar Mohammad Anos atrás

    forging hammer machine india contact number is 9824019347 my video watching you tube link brclip.com/video/SxM9Ak3FgKQ/video.html

  • Richard Smith
    Richard Smith Anos atrás

    Do you make folding knife blades? i need two for my old knife make.

  • Jerry Cump
    Jerry Cump Anos atrás

    our neighbor town carigara leyte was also a wellknown quality makers of bulo and knife.

  • Horacio Castillo
    Horacio Castillo Anos atrás

    Thanks so much for super-interesting video. I have watched it several times already.
    Have a Philippino daughter in law in Los Angeles,I will ask her if she can get me one
    of this bolos when she make a trip to her country. Will love to have one in my hands.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  Anos atrás

      Thanks. I had one guy tell me some airline refused to let a bolo on the plane, even in checked luggage. I don't think that's official policy, but there you have it.

  • Emmanuel Cesar
    Emmanuel Cesar Anos atrás

    Good day' where this in philippines?

  • Adventures with Conrad

    This is awesome! How much would these cost in us?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  Anos atrás

      I haven't done any fishing, but the chances of catching a nice sized tuna are good.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  Anos atrás

      Sorry to sink your boat.

    • Adventures with Conrad
      Adventures with Conrad Anos atrás

      American Expat In The Philippines interesting, ill look into it! If not Ive always wanted to go to the Philippines. ;) hows the fishing over there for tourist?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  Anos atrás +1

      You arrange the shipping, and I'll supply the bolos. The shipping is the hard part. I've tried unsuccessfully to find an economical and inexpensive way to do this. You'll also be dealing with things like import duties, and maybe more government BS like that. I'll do it, though.

    • Adventures with Conrad
      Adventures with Conrad Anos atrás

      American Expat In The Philippines
      Is there any possible way that I can get some shipped over?

  • JEEP YJ 4WD
    JEEP YJ 4WD 2 anos atrás +2

    I THINK NO ZOMBIE WANT TO BE AT THIS PLACE WITH ALL THOSE MACHETES ALL AROUND

    • KuroReanimation
      KuroReanimation Anos atrás

      Revelation 21 they are.
      Well, not humanoid cannibalistic corpses but there are types of zombies existant in the natural world.

    • KuroReanimation
      KuroReanimation Anos atrás

      It's all the hammers they'd want to worry about ; )

    • Revelation Five
      Revelation Five Anos atrás +1

      i just found this video but zombies arent real

    • boyong5577
      boyong5577 2 anos atrás

      rick should make a deal with these black smiths to have better survival weapons 😂

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás +2

      That's a good point. Zombies wouldn't stand a chance.

  • Caп¡z Aпuв¡z
    Caп¡z Aпuв¡z 2 anos atrás

    So is Ramon really gay?

  • PHiLiPPiNE SCENES
    PHiLiPPiNE SCENES 2 anos atrás +1

    GREAT ViDEO PO!
    ~ PHiLiPPiNE SCENES

  • robert retka
    robert retka 2 anos atrás

    I had a pizza cutting mezzaluna made to take back to the U.S. . The security people at the local airport , during elections, kept giving me strained looks and saying no. I told them it was for cutting pizza and not something sinister. Nope, didn't work. 13 in. arc radius and @ 16 in. long.

  • Michael Taylor
    Michael Taylor 2 anos atrás

    Love these kinds of videos

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás

      Me, too. It'd be hard to do a follow up on it, though. I may still try. I'm going to see if I can find someone that makes kriss swords.

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    How much do they cost?

  • ANDALUCIAN
    ANDALUCIAN 2 anos atrás

    Nice Iv got one that was made in Bataan 100% the old way I asked that It did not come into contact with one piece of machinery or polished not even a buffer so all the workmanship is visible it took the guy 3 days to make

    • ANDALUCIAN
      ANDALUCIAN 2 anos atrás

      American Expat In The Philippines Im not sure lol but its light in weight and light in colour looks like some kind of palm wood or maybe even from the thicker type of bamboo ... I did buy a horn handle one too hand made partly by machinery but left it there

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás +1

      Excellent. What kind of handle did they put on? One of these days I'll get one with a horn handle.

  • Chris P. Pata
    Chris P. Pata 2 anos atrás +19

    The high carbon steel from truck leaf springs will hold an edge like no other. A light application of mineral oil on the blade while in storage and it should last well into the next ice age. Throughout the entire video , I was paying close attention to see if each artisan had the anatomically correct number of fingers on each hand. As noted, all fingers were accounted for sir...Thanks for sharing......

    • Jembah Hamba
      Jembah Hamba 3 meses atrás

      Ang pangit ng handle,kahoy sa mt province at ifugao kau punta ang gaganda ng mga itak at ang titibay pa

    • Rizal Jose
      Rizal Jose Anos atrás

      lol

    • M. Rizzy
      M. Rizzy Anos atrás +3

      You can also use Frog Lube on the steel. Put a hot hair dryer to to the blade and when it's heated apply the lube. Once cooled, wipe the blade down. The Frog Lube seeps into the steel making it a great rust protectant. I used it on all my knives and handguns. The great thing about it it's all natural. Look it up.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás +4

      Well, the next ice age may not be that far off. My information says it might be less than 50 years. Right. They all had all of their fingers.

  • Leonardo Amaya
    Leonardo Amaya 2 anos atrás

    Ellos son verdaderos maestros de la forja tradicional, es admirable que usando herramientas muy básicas y elementales logren tan buenas piezas. Saludos desde Colombia.

  • Doc Mengele
    Doc Mengele 2 anos atrás

    i wonder, These men work their butts off. How much do they charge for them? In the states i bet they would need 300.00 for each one.. i

  • Abby Babby
    Abby Babby 2 anos atrás +16

    I was stationed in Cubi Point for a year. The guy I worked with gave me a Bolo knife when I got reassigned. He told me the spacific name for the blade style but I can't remember. I carried that knife for 26 years. When my son was sent to Bagdad he was carrying that knife, he's had it for 13 years now. My grandson's are all saying they want grampaws war sword, I tried to tell them the only thing thag knife cut was jungle and weeds, they were actually disappointed.

    • DPB
      DPB 7 meses atrás +1

      Abby Babby thank you for your service and your sons. It’s funny how people imagine knives in combat. 99% of the time they are used for utility purposes.

    • Mike Last name
      Mike Last name 8 meses atrás

      Haha that’s a good story. Thank you for sharing, and for your family’s service.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás +1

      That's a funny story about your grandkids. I looked up Cubi Point. An engineering marvel.

  • Godzilla Gaming
    Godzilla Gaming 2 anos atrás

    what is the purpose of sticking it into the block of wood? is it just to test strength and sharpness?

    • KuroReanimation
      KuroReanimation Anos atrás

      the Lying Scotsman all the smoke you see is a good bit of the wood thats in the way of the tang burning away. Not only that, but, just like the metal, when the wood is heated up, it becomes more pliable so it's "bending" out of the way of the tang. Yeah, it can split but with the type of wood being used, it's unlikely.

    • the Lying Scotsman
      the Lying Scotsman Anos atrás

      American Expat In The Philippines I was impressed by that as I'm pretty sure if I tried that it would have split wide open .

    • Pinoy Blacksmith
      Pinoy Blacksmith 2 anos atrás +2

      hidden tang

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  2 anos atrás +1

      No. That piece of wood becomes the handle.

  • Manny Fernandez
    Manny Fernandez 2 anos atrás +8

    old american jeep leaf spring bolos will last lifetimes.I have one from my father in law and my youngest kid wants it.it has a buffalo horn handle

  • Eddie's gone Whacko
    Eddie's gone Whacko 3 anos atrás

    Very cool video! I love this kind of stuff. Did you notice if anyone was wearing earplugs? Just wondering!

  • RICHY MARK NORMAN
    RICHY MARK NORMAN 3 anos atrás

    Awesome video,thanks for sharing.

  • Riley Escuyos
    Riley Escuyos 3 anos atrás

    How could I buy one of these? I live in Canada.

    • Riley Escuyos
      Riley Escuyos 3 anos atrás

      ok if you decide to set something up, please let me know

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás

      I've had a few people ask me that. I'd set up a little business selling them if I could find a way to send them quickly and reliably. UPS might be the answer, but I need to look into it further.

  • francesco migliore
    francesco migliore 3 anos atrás

    I love this style of making parang or bolo

  • BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose

    I just watched this again. Your gonna have to work hard to make a better video than this. The subject is fascinating to me but you even did an awesome job editing it.

  • B Adventures Vlogs
    B Adventures Vlogs 3 anos atrás +6

    Cool footage of a local blacksmith. Still can't beat real hand forged steel. The blade shape looked like a Parang, very nice for bush craft =)

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +2

      You're right. The bolos do look similar to a parang. I think every household in the Philippines has at least a few of these knives. Thanks for watching. Be well.

  • wakkinito
    wakkinito 3 anos atrás

    That's very cool. Do they make balisong (butterfly knives) too?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás

      I showed the things they make for stock, but they'll make anything you want if they know what it is, or if you have a picture.

  • gaetanproductions
    gaetanproductions 3 anos atrás

    Nicely made video and interesting to look at

  • TheEmptyNester
    TheEmptyNester 3 anos atrás +1

    That was really interesting. I have never seen so many people work so well together. Most black smiths around here are just 1 person working the metal. Do they charge a good amount? It looks like quality work too.

    • Kenneth Cabauatan
      Kenneth Cabauatan Anos atrás

      I would have to buy me the backyard-made bolos, My chinese-made bolo's so thin that when I struck it on a somewhat hard shrub, it deformed.

    • TheEmptyNester
      TheEmptyNester 3 anos atrás

      Wow. It would be a lot more here.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +1

      Labor is cheap in the Philippines. Most of the bolos that can be seen in my video cost 250 pesos. That's about $5.50.

  • The Mayan Lion
    The Mayan Lion 3 anos atrás +1

    ok thank you. let me know.

  • The Mayan Lion
    The Mayan Lion 3 anos atrás

    I would also be interested in a bolo. I am from Michigan. Thanks

  • John Solar 283 ™
    John Solar 283 ™ 3 anos atrás

    Well that was awesome to watch John.

  • This is Our Philippines
    This is Our Philippines 3 anos atrás

    Great video. I have never stopped to take the time to watch these guys work in our area. Maybe I should stop by sometime as this seemed like a very interesting thing to watch. It is amazing how they can craft things here.

    • This is Our Philippines
      This is Our Philippines 3 anos atrás

      @American Expat In The Philippines You are right in that. I have seen it happen over the last few years at the house. All farming is going automated now. Planters are coming in along with harvesters. What used to be done by hand is now done by machine. Good you are able to document this for the future to see how things were done.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás

      Among other things, I want to preserve (even if it's only on video) the traditional Filipino crafts. As The Philippines modernizes these ways of doing things will be lost. Not right away, but over time it'll gradually disappear.

  • olala muybien
    olala muybien 3 anos atrás

    . ..hey John you have over100 subs already, and if you continue making unique vids like that.., I would bet you'll get 500 subs by next year EASY. Thank you for your hard work. I appreciate it kaayo ug sige bai/friend. Usapa na !!! (literally means eat it) equivalent meaning/expression for greatness, cool, ultimate, super, fantasmith etc.

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás

      Thank you, or I should say salamat po! I had some fun making that video. I'm going to make another video about this for John Strabismus. Maybe I can attract some more subscribers from that channel.

  • TokTokCali: FIL-AM TV
    TokTokCali: FIL-AM TV 3 anos atrás

    Talk about coordinated teamwork.... amazing! Thanks for sharing! :) Wow!

  • BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose

    One of the most interesting videos Ive seen in a long time. I really dig how they all work together in a rythm,swinging those hammers. What would it cost to buy and ship one to a fat guy in Louisiana?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +1

      @BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose It's kinda like a Filipino UPS. They mostly focus on shipping balikbayan boxes from the US to the Philippines, but they also ship within the Philippines like UPS does in the US. I need to find out if they ship small packages to US addresses. If they do, then that's the best way because LBC is reliable, and efficient.

    • BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose
      BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose 3 anos atrás

      +American Expat In The Philippines what is LBC?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +1

      @BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose My PayPal account is a mess. Since I moved, and I no longer have the e-mail account I originally signed in with I can't really use it anymore. I might have to delete that account, and start another account. I don't think it'll be too much trouble to send you a bolo, but I have to find out about the shipping. Maybe I can send it through LBC because Philippines mail is slow, and unreliable. Also, I'm thinking I might put up another bolo video on John Strabismus so I can maybe attract some subscribers and viewers to my expat channel.

    • BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose
      BCtruck, rebuild, repair,repurpose 3 anos atrás +1

      +American Expat In The Philippines the bolo since I'm not a fighter. Would it be much trouble? Do you have PayPal account?

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +2

      Thanks, BC. I thought about you a few times when I was making the video. Right, these guys work as a team, no screwing around. Well, as far as buying one, none of them cost a lot, maybe $15 for the most expensive ones. I don't know how much shipping would be. I'll look into it today. Which one might you like? The long, slender ones are the fighting knives, the one I showed at the end of my video is the most common type. It's a general purpose bolo.

  • kbbacon
    kbbacon 3 anos atrás

    Thank you! Very informative!

  • Sheila6325
    Sheila6325 3 anos atrás

    This was fantastic! nothing better than having a skill. What beautiful work! Bless, Sheila

    • Sheila6325
      Sheila6325 3 anos atrás +1

      @American Expat In The Philippines Yes indeed! That's exactly what I noticed right away. working seamlessly and you have to have real skill, and discipline in a situation like that. I love seeing things like this, it's the real deal. I remember when everyone worked with pride in what they did, and everyone had skills, no matter who you were. Of course that was many, many years ago. It's the greatest loss this country has ever had, in my opinion. If it's not a "buy junk, then toss it out" then people wouldn't know what to do with it. The reason it's so sad to me is, our children, and theirs, may never know what it is to even be able to learn things like this. Bless, Sheila

    • American Expat In The Philippines
      American Expat In The Philippines  3 anos atrás +1

      The blacksmiths are skilled, but also disciplined, and they work seamlessly as a team. It really is something special to witness. I was privileged to be able to video the operation.

  • Cheeky Saver
    Cheeky Saver 3 anos atrás

    I love how there is no waste there. Everything gets reused.