The banyal, is a short sword originating in the Moro people of Mindanao in the Philippines. It has an unusual concave shape on the blade's top part, which is very similar to the bangkung in general profile. But it is smaller with a different pommel style. The blade is thick, weighted at the front for chopping attacks and had a single edge.[1][2]

Place of originSulu Archipelago, Philippines
Blade typeSingle-edged, straight to slightly convex
Hilt typehardwood, metal
Scabbard/sheathhardwood, woven rattan

See also


  1. Atkinson, David J. "Banyal". Atkinson Collection: Swords and Knives. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. Lawrence, Marc (2009). "Filipino Weapons from A to Z" (PDF). Filipino Martial Arts Digest. Stephen K. Dowd.
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