Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Aussie Bush
I think this blade is Sulu (probably Tausug) rather than from Basilan (Yakan). The brass(?) punto is a less expensive ornamentation than silver, so the owner may have been on a small budget for this barung. The blade also has several forging flaws and was not the highest of quality when it was made. So the sword has some compromises in terms of quality and prestige.
This sword is probably from the WWII era when MOP inlay on the scabbard was popular, although the blade may be a little older.