Full disclosure. I purchased a blade from TFW years ago. Also, I have studied Filipino Martial Arts in the past. I have never met Ron personally and I am not affiliated with TFW in any way.
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat it up with Ron Kosakowski. He is a lifelong martial artist and he is the proprietor of www.traditionalfilipinoweapons.com (TFW).
Me: Tell me about the composition of the knives and swords on your site.
Ron: We use a blend of 5160 and D2 steel.
Me: And TFW is the only one making blades out of that blend. Is that correct?
Ron: To the best of my knowledge “yes”.
Me: How do you blend the two?
Ron: We have an alloy made in bar form then we send it from the U.S.A. to the Philippines.
Me: What does that blend do for your blades?
Ron: I believe our blades are some of the hardest, functional knives and swords around – near 60 on the Rockwell scale. They are tough with good corrosion resistance.
Me: And you guys have departed from doing just blades of The Philippines?
Ron: We make mostly Filipino blades and we are making blades from cultures all over the world now and the list is growing. More will be added to the site every year. We have some new blades coming out like butterfly swords and a Fairbairn–Sykes knife.
Me: Speaking of “other” . . . are there other manufacturers out there that are producing blades you like?
Ron: Yes, I like some of the folding knives from Cold Steel.
Me: Thanks Ron. We hope to see more from you in the future.
When you dear reader are waiting for your knife porn fix from TTAK, I recommend heading over to TFW for some good looking blades (and a few impact weapons too).