Traditional Weapons

Salams.
I was actually thinking of writing something else today when I noticed a friend posted a couple of interesting pictures on his FB. It’s a picture of a traditional weapon  maker. He makes Keris, Machete’s and even Katanas (Samurai Sword).

Traditional Weapon Maker

Traditional Malay Weapons

I have always loved weapons of sort. I’m not an expert on weapons nor am I an avid collector, not yet hehe. And maybe that’s about to change too. As it turns out to be, this weapon maker actually does his thing very near to where I live. One of these days I’ll have to make some time to go and check him out.  In the meantime, I’d like to share one of  the favorite weapons that I have.

My Parang

My Parang

This machete is handed down to me by my father.  It is approximately 45cm in length and 4cm wide. I can’t really say as to why I like this one. There are others which are more refined in it’s finishing. This one is not so. But it has this certain feel when I hold it that makes it feel just right. Maybe it’s the weight and the length or maybe it’s the first one that my father gave me. Whichever it is, it just feels really good to swing it haha. It is supposed to be approximately 350 years old. I may be the 7th or 8th generation to  own it. An antique indeed and as far as an antique goes, this one is in great shape.

My Parang

My Parang

My Parang

It’s blade are adorned with crude Arabic alphabets and symbols. What do they mean?  I think it might be better to have an entire post dedicated to those hidden meanings, on second thought maybe not. It might just bore you to death. But crude as it may be, I find beauty in that crudeness and imperfection. Just pure raw character. Click on the images to see more.

It’s just another one of my thing. Gotta make time to go visit the  custom weapon maker soon.

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9 Responses to “Traditional Weapons”

  1. LadyJava says:

    OOhhh.. love the details on this piece.. canteks!

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  4. unikorna says:

    Namz I don’t share you admiration towards weapons but as an art object I do find it beautiful (the blade) . You have a very interesting blog here, it was a pleasure discovering you :).

  5. Pak Mohd says:

    [.. This machete is handed down to me by my father ..] CMIIAW but IMVHO it is not a machete! It is a golok or a parang. No Latin American is going to call a machete as a golok or a parang. So why should a Malay called his golok or parang wich was handed down by his father as a family heirloom as a machete? Maybe one day in the near future there will be a Malay who will call a Keris as a Dirk or a Sgian Dubh :D

  6. Namz says:

    TQVM for your kind input. And of course you are right, it is a parang. That is what we call it in malay.

    I merely stated it as a machete as it makes a better crawling keyword. And besides how huge is the diffrence between a machete and a parang? I’m no weapons expert but IMVHO it is the same thing used for the same application. So forgive my ignorance lest you care to provide an englsih translation of the word “parang”.

    As for the near or distance future, I am not priviledge to have knowledge of but I IMVHO ~ Everything evolves and expands. Nothing stays the same, langguage included.

    Thanks for dropping by :)

  7. Alya says:

    hai nak tau kat mana nk dptkan pedang ni ya? i nak tempah

  8. Namz says:

    Err… so sori. Tak tau lah pulak nak dapat kat mana. Ini pusaka but mesti ada dalam pasaran. Cubalah tanya² kat https://www.facebook.com/groups/524739334280604/

Komen di dalam Bahasa Malaysia juga di alu²kan, sudi²kanlah diri..

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