I have a fascination with things old and used, otherwise known as antiques. I always have. I remember when I was not even a teenager yet and I bought an old brace and bit (used to drill holes) and other things like that from a garage sale just because they looked neat. While things like these that I have purchased are intriguing and make great decor pieces, they do not have the same value as do items that have been given to me.
Last year, I wrote about an overused tambourine that was given to me by one of the Filipino pastors here (read “Another Man’s Treasure”). It is one of my most cherished souvenirs not just because of the way it looks, and not even the story that is behind it, but the fact that it was a gift from someone I know. That makes the collectible much more valuable to me.
A few days ago I was given a gift called a bolo. It is from a man that I have been teaching Bible studies to for several months. He is 74 years old and has a sincere desire for God and a love for God’s Word. I feel like God has put us together.
As I understand it, this particular bolo was made in the Visayan Region in the province of Calibo Aklan by this man’s late uncle. Those who make these kind of knifes are called a Panday (pronounced “pand-eye”) which means blade maker. There are several types of bolo’s, but this one is called a Talibong and is shorter than the Kinampit that is also made in this region.
While this one is probably not more than fifteen years old and would not be considered antique by most standards, the style of blade making has changed very little over the years. Using old leaf springs or similar steel for the blade and materials like wood or bone for the handle, they are still considered a primitive tool or weapon. I am happy to have it as a part of my collection. I will forever cherish this gift.