A Visit to a Blacksmith Shop in the Philippines

Blacksmiths in the Philippines. Alive and well.

Today, we took a drive into town as the wife had some errands to run. While parked and waiting, the noise of banging hammers coaxed me over to this blacksmith shop where they were busy making bolos or knives of some kind. Standing there and watching these guys ply their trade was like watching a symphony…  a symphony of hammers and hot steel. I could have stayed and watched for an hour, but I managed to capture some video before the Mrs. was ready to go. Enjoy.

Watching these guys was like a history lesson from the past, but still present today, everywhere in the Philippines. If you need a machete or a bolo or any knife of any kind, these guys will make it… custom-made especially for you!

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5 thoughts on “A Visit to a Blacksmith Shop in the Philippines

  1. I have a knife from 1942 that was given to my Grandfather, a physician that was in this area during WWII

  2. Cool! Is it a military knife? Japanese maybe? Or could it be a Filipino made knife? Even today, many implements are hand forged by local blacksmith shops and some are so crude, they look like they might be 100 years old. LOL Maybe you could take a pic of it and send it to me at retiredinsamar@gmail.com. I would love to see it. Thanks.

  3. Look for “Pinoy Blacksmith” on youtube. You’ll be amazed

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