hi guys. new here. long time lurker... rshawtx, are you familiar with this: Herbert W Krieger's The Collection of Primitive Weapons and Armor of the Philippine Islands in the United States National Museum this is but a small sample of our heritage, which unfortunately, has been long forgotten. this was cataloged back in 1926 and tho it's not accurate nomenclature wise on the few sandatas, these are the real deal, collected from the not so distant Philippine-American War. i hate to say this, but to answer you inquiries in a single post, or even a single thread would be an insult to our ancestors pride and joy. a book was written in 1998 regarding the most popular moro swords namely the kris, barung, kampilan, pira, panabas, and bangkung. if you're familiar with the ever popular Weapons of Moroland plaque, you will see that the weapons mentioned are just six of myriad of weapons in that plaque. and we're talking that's just in Mindanao. here's your for-instance: here's his version of what he call a Kris: and here's the real deal (Sulu kris circa 1800's) i'm sure you can see the difference. to begin with, the guards are way off; the distinguishing tribal marks is missing; the asang-asang, or stirrup are/is missing; etc. to say that the blades are similar because they are both wavy and it flairs out towards the handle, well, so is this sword, which is indonesian: hope this helps.