itak at buko

Almost every Filipino household, especially in the countryside, has an itak. Though it can be used for protection, this large, heavy knife/sword is often used to hack at coconuts to break them open, at large plants and trees, at blocks of wood…

machete, bolo knife

Gumamit ka ng itak.
Use a machete.

Initak ko siya.
I used a machete on him/her.

attack something with a machete

Itakin mo!
Use a machete on it.


Kung sino pa ang anluwage, ay siyang walang itak.
It is the carpenter who has no machete.

English equivalent: The cobbler’s wife is ill-shod.
(It’s ironic that the wife of the shoemaker has bad shoes.)