THE PINOY MAN OF STEEL

WHAT HE COLLECTS SPECIF­I­CALLY Filipino re­gional blades CRAZIEST COL­LEC­TOR MO­MENT “Ka­pag kun­wari day-off ko, im­bis na mag­pahinga sa ba­hay, I can spend an en­tire day in an­tique shops in Er­mita just look­ing at blades.”

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“func­tional piece of art siya. use­ful and at the same time beau­ti­ful. tapos in it­self, parang

may­roon na siyang dan­ger­ous charm,” says ebora. to­day, he al­ready has around a hun­dred blades, 60 to 70 of which are re­gional blades com­ing from dif­fer­ent prov­inces in lu­zon, visayas, and Min­danao.

ebora started this hobby in au­gust 2015 with the “palengke knives,” as he called it, those that cost around p300 to p500. later on, he started dig­ging deeper and deeper into a par­tic­u­lar blade’s back story and mean­ing. he can talk to a blade­smith all day long, dis­cussing a par­tic­u­lar knife or sword. his fa­vorite and most prized blade is his 26-inch Moro kris. “May mga wave siya ‘di ba. May ibig sabi­hin pa kung ilang waves,

how long, ‘yung carv­ings niya… la­hat may mean­ing na mas mai­intindi­han mo pa sa pag­ta­gal ng pana­hon. ‘yun ‘yung parang spirit niya.”

while he has blades from lu­zon and visayas, he highly prefers those com­ing from Min­danao. “ang gawa sa Min­danao from the 1800s to 1900s, bakal siya, may criss­cross pat­tern. ang ganda na mati­gas

‘yung cut­ting edge niya tapos softer ‘yung loob which en­ables it to flex, kum­baga pangla­ban ta­laga

siya,” he shares. while ebora may be new to his ob­ses­sion, he delves into it with full fo­cus. “ka­pag kun­wari day-off ko, im­bis na mag­pahinga sa ba­hay, i can spend an en­tire day in an­tique shops in er­mita just look­ing at blades,” he shares. “tsaka ka­pag gabi, min­san hindi ako nakakat­u­log kasi hooked ako sa in­ter­net, nag­babasa ako about

blades lang.”

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