Utak is a traditional Filipino ethnic Moro weapon in the Sulu Archipelago.[1] It is a sword with a wide tip designed for cutting forward and is a one-handed weapon meant for chopping. The sword is about 24 to 28 inches in length with a hooked grip to prevent slipping when wet. The name comes from the Tagalog word which means "brain" in English.[2]


  1. Draeger, Donn F.; Smith, Robert W. (1980). Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts. Kodansha International. p. 186. ISBN 9780870114366. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. Lawrence, Marc. "Filipino Weapons from A-Z" (PDF). Steven K. Dowrd. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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