Knife shopping in Cebu - tips?

Discussion in 'Filipino Martial Arts' started by Janno, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. Janno

    Janno Valued Member

    Hey gang - long time no see ;)

    I'm currently on the Cebu leg of my latest trip to SE Asia and i thought i'd get out there and do a bit of knife shopping. Normally i buy US/Euro makes, but i figured i'd see what the blade experts in the PI have to offer. Having done a bit of research, the general advice tends to be to stay away from budget balisongs/folders, inspect the handles for cheap materials and structural weak points, and to consider investing in a hand-made custom (provided you can make reliable contacts who won't take you for a ride).

    Any blade afficionados with Cebu experience on here? If so, care to offer some tips to a fellow blade-barmy-bro? :D
  2. Pat OMalley

    Pat OMalley Valued Member

    Why didn't you ask before you went or when your there. Diamond Lil.
  3. Mangosteen

    Mangosteen Hold strong not

    If the korean tourists are shopping there then it's probably not a good knife shop!

    Edit: thats just general advice on shopping, eating and exploring Cebu from my pinoy friends.
  4. Janno

    Janno Valued Member

    Trip's over now guys :( Back to dreary old England for me!

    My feedback from shopping for blades out there is that generally, they were pretty awful. It was near-impossible to make any links with custom blademakers (if there are actually any left) and aficionados out there, and the commercial blade scene is terrible: Poor build quality and materials, although the prices are fairly low by Western standards (around £10-15), and most are knockoffs of existing mainstream models (such as Gerbers, Benchmades, etc). One of the main things to note is that the sheaths are also poorly made/fitted, and the locking mechs on the folders are terrible - often breaking under minimal pressure to the back of the blade, or failing to engage altogether.

    Given that virtually every bloke i met out there through training or socialising had a knife with them, it was interesting to note that the vast majority of EDC's out there were from American outfits, with a few of the more popular Euro makes in there too. Advice of the locals? Order online! Designs were almost always a 4-5 inch locking folder. No karambits or balisongs in sight! Off the top of my head, here are some of the makes/names i came across...

    Cold Steel
    Smith & Wesson
    Zero Tolerance

    In the end, i picked up a rather overpriced Gerber Epic in Kuala Lumpur as my token souvenir (thus satisfying my OCD tendencies). I can already see myself selling it on before the end of the year though. Oh well!!

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