Seseblades Sinalung Utility Knife (Review) ~ The Philippine Mountaineering

Seseblades Sinalung Utility Knife (Review)

Equipment Review: Seseblades Sinalung Utility Knife
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Once again, Luzon Island was visited by the author of Warrior Pilgrimage -  Pinoy Apache. Warrior Pilgrimage is a Bushcraft and Survival School based in Cebu, the Queen City of the South. Pinoy Apache, Mtr. Jing Lavilles de Egurrola is considered as one of the gem of the Philippine mountaineering community and most especially of the growing survivalists community. 

Pinoy Apache conducted the second year of Bushcraft Camp for the benefit of his co-members in the Mountain Climbers Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. or MCAP based in Luzon. MCAP is a national umbrella organization of Filipino mountaineers within the country and in some nations in Middle East and United States of America. 

The three-day event of MCAP, 2013 Bushcraft and Wilderness Camp (October 18-20) held at Spring of Life Adventure Camp of Antipolo City, was also an opportunity for me to experience and use a locally made blade handed over by Maestro Jing. The blade is a "Sinalung" model from Seseblades. Personally, I am not familiar with Seseblades even if I am a cheap blade collector and a native of Tabaco, Albay, a renown place of blade makers. According to the manufacturer, "Sinalung" came from the way the handle was constructed- handle wrapped with rattan.

One of the notable lessons I got in the concluded Camp is the need of every outdoor/ mountaineer for a good and reliable blades. After three days of camp and more hours of testing the Seseblades "Sinalung" model, allow me to share  some pointers I got and experienced from the said utility knife. 

Sinalung is considered as socket type full tang.  The blade steel material from a surplus of Willys leaf-spring extends down into the handle. Aside from the steel material, the socket-type full tang makes the entire knife two thumbs up performance. 

The handle of the knife is a very brave declaration that the manufacturer really want to express that it's handcrafted by a proud Filipino. The socket type handle wrapped with rattan is very comfortable and ergonomic to use. 

Material of the Blade
According to Maestro Jing the blade of "Sinalung" is made from vintage 5160 high carbon steel of Willys leaf-spring. The material was strong enough to survive from my bamboo work on our indigenous bamboo pot making activity. The "Sinalung" survived the batoning technique. 

Design of the Blade
The 4.5 inches drop point blade of "Sinalung" knife worked well on our activities like bamboo pot making and wood carving. The blade material is best for mountaineers because it's easy to sharpen and maintain. The blade material can be easily sharpened using a good smooth stone or with finer sand paper. 

Length of the Blade
The length of the blade of the knife is 4.5 inches, the said length is enough to do things while in wild. The good material of the blade is ideal in some heavy task like chopping woods.

Blade Thickness
About 1/8 of an inch thickness is enough for a serious mountaineering tasks. The thickness of this solid utility knife is able to surpass the abuse of batoning technique.  

The wooden sheath of "Sinalung" is unique due to its shape. The shape gives more impression that the idea behind the design was from an Igorot hand. The available four holes of the sheath of this utility knife gives more options for carrying, it could be to neck, to leg or even on the belt. The pointed shape of the sheath could be use as spear. 

Knife Length: 8 inches
Blade Length:  4.5 inches
Blade Material: 5160 High Carbon Steel of Willys leaf-spring

Having good knife whether it be a utility or survival in form is a must for every mountaineer. The value of knife in and out of our backpack should not be measured by the cost of it or of the name engraved but the usefulness and relevance of it to our activity. "Sinalung" of Seseblades is a good example of Filipino craftsmanship aside from the fact that the blade was deferentially tempered, the blade edge is hard and the back gets progressively soft making it resistant to stress. 

Note: three (3) of the four (4) photos were from Carla Tipon

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  1. Where can I buy this sinalung blade? Thanks

  2. Thanks for the inquiry sir Aman, kindly contact Dr. Arvin Sese


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