Balasiong (also spelled balacion, baliciong, or balisiong) is a Filipino sword used by Muslim Filipino ethnolinguistic groups (the Moro people) in the Southern Philippines. It is a type of kalis but differs in that the double-edged blade isn't wavy but instead slightly convex. It also tapers sharply to the tip. The hilt, like in the kalis is shaped like a pistol handle, an element known as the kakatua (cockatoo).[1][2]

Place of originPhilippines
Service history
Used byMoro peoples
Length17.5 in (44 cm)

Blade typeDouble-edged
Hilt typehardwood, carabao horn

See also


  1. Lawrence, Marc (2009). "Filipino Weapons from A to Z" (PDF). Filipino Martial Arts Digest. Stephen K. Dowd.
  2. "Balasiong". Traditional Filipino Weapons. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
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