Very interesting. Looks to be from the Phillipines, but not exactly.
Appears to be spring steel, but the shape isn't suited for machete work.
Any markings on it?
I inherited it from my grandfather, who from the Phillipines.
There are only aesthetic markings on it, no informational ones.
The belt to hold up the scabbard seems to be made out of tire or something.
Would there be any laws against me carrying this around openly if it's sheathed?
I'm wondering because I'm going camping later and I want to take it with me so I'm not unarmed against whatever is out there.
I do not know the laws ya'll got up there in Maryland, but if you really want to carry it for safety while camping, hunting and fishing, I would make or use the exiting scabborn, fasten it with a shoulder harness and carry it on my back, less conspicuous and out of the way, fairly easy to get to and it's not concealed. You may look somewhat like Conan a little, but it will work. It's really just a big ass machete, and they are not illegal, as far as I know.
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