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Author Photo by: Jugabyte
Mar 12 2021, 6:26am CST ~ 1 mo., 4 days ago. 
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Question: I know it's hard to see, but the etchings are difficult to capture. Is this language Filipino and what does it mean? The back side of the knife says Philippines so I'm guessing at its origins.
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Author Photo acarp1890
Mar 12 2021, 7:59am CST ~ 1 mo., 4 days ago. 
No, not Filipino. The symbols look like Japanese to me, but I'm no expert.
 
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Author Photo AklayPakau Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Mar 12 2021, 9:05am CST ~ 1 mo., 4 days ago. 
definitely seems like chinese characters.. but its origin's being in the philippines doesn't sound too surprising. there's chinese-filipino "chinoy" culture here--must've come from there.
 
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Author Photo SiAko Badge: Native Tagalog Speaker
Mar 12 2021, 9:22pm CST ~ 1 mo., 4 days ago. 
it seems to be the Alibata the precolonial writing system in the Ph
 
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Author Photo acarp1890
Mar 12 2021, 9:25pm CST ~ 1 mo., 4 days ago. 
@SiAko I (respectfully!) disagree. I'm very familiar with alibata, and these symbols don't match those. If you rotate the image and view the blade vertically down from the handle, they very much resemble Japanese or Chinese characters.
 
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Author Photo Jugabyte
Mar 13 2021, 3:51am CST ~ 1 mo., 3 days ago. 
@acarp1890 thanks y'all! Thus points me in the right direction. I will continue my search.
 
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Author Photo MagaaralTagalog
Mar 13 2021, 10:41am CST ~ 1 mo., 3 days ago. 
I know beginner level chinese and chinese characters have some sort of consisnt way that they are written (in strokes). No modern/simplified mandarin characters are curved like that.
 
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Author Photo aemuhn
Mar 15 2021, 8:05am CST ~ 1 mo., 1 day ago. 
The first three characters are definitely 年如年, but I had to ask my Chinese friend on the last one. Even that one gave him a little bit of trouble to decipher because it's gotten so faded.
 
My guess was 家, his guess was 音, 雪 and 意, but he sticks with the last one to make it 年如年意, which means something like "prosperity for every year".
 
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Author Photo MagaaralTagalog
Mar 15 2021, 9:16am CST ~ 1 mo., 1 day ago. 
@aemuhn I didn't realize they were chinese charcters until I read it sideways from the right side. You are likely correct.
 
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Author Photo JohnD
Mar 16 2021, 4:58am CST ~ 1 mo., 0 days ago. 
I had always thought the ancient Filipino script was called Baybayin but doing a bit of research it appears that Baybayin and Alibata are one and the same.
 
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Author Photo Jugabyte
Mar 20 2021, 8:19am CST ~ 3 weeks, 5 days ago. 
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@aemuhn Thanks! Yeah it was a bad photo. Heres a bit clearer.
 
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Author Photo MagaaralTagalog
Mar 20 2021, 3:49pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@Jugabyte That is chinese, except the characters are upside-down in the photo.
 
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Author Photo Jugabyte
Mar 20 2021, 6:37pm CST ~ 3 weeks, 5 days ago. 
@MagaaralTagalog ooh thanks lol
 
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