Monday, January 3, 2011
Made in Pangasinan: The Swords of Lord of the Rings, Braveheart and Batman Begins
Do you know what the movies Lord of the Rings, Braveheart and Batman Begins have in common aside from being epic action blockbusters? The swords and blades used in the films are from the Philippines.
They did not come from Batangas where the balisong (a knife) is famous for but from a town in Pangasinan named Pozorrubio. The maker of the world class knives and swords is Blade Culture International (BCI). Hernando de Guzman, an entrepreneurial management degree holder and proprietor of BCI inherited this 20 year old family legacy from his father and grandfather who were both blacksmiths.
Because the swords and knives are bestsellers and blockbusters like the movies in which they were used, BCI has distributors in the United States, Germany, France and Singapore. The craft is world class and superior in quality that its Japanese line composed of katana or samurai swords has won for the company its first international award.
Among the shop's clientele are foreign military men, collectors and hobbyists who troop to BCI's shop at Brgy. Palacpalac, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan to place their orders.