Traditional Weapons made in Ulu Klang

In my previous post I wrote about a traditional weapons maker. Well, I finally dropped by and met him in person. Nice man. He and his crew produces fine finishing on their products. Every raw material needed especially wood, are acquired locally.

Traditional Weapons

Amidst a quite hillside in Ulu Klang, Selangor, the place is serene and cool. Just a mere 5 minutes ride from where I live. This place is among the very few last places where the art of making traditional weapons such as keris, machetes, swords and spears are at the brink of extinction. I have been told that, there’s only five places in Selangor where this art still exist.

Traditional Weapon Furnace

Set among the cool shades of Ulu Klang, the workshop feels homey and humble. A small countryside operation. But judge not the size, this small countryside operation produces fine custom made weapons. And they also make replica weapons for movie props. Malaysia’s most expensive TV Show Arjuna showcased an array of traditional prop weapons made by this humble man. From a distance, one can never tell the difference between the real weapon and the prop.

Arjuna

As it was a last minute thing, I didn’t get to spend much time there, and the camera battery wasn’t fully charged either. Anyway, I managed to snap a few pictures here and there. Maybe I’ll go again and next time fully prepared. In the meantime, checkout the pics below.

Traditional Weapons

Assortment of traditional weapons ~ Keris, Machetes..

Katana

A friend holding a custom sword

Traditional Weapons Workshop

The workshop

Grand Master Blacksmith

The Master Blacksmith doing his thing

Wood Material

From wood and metal..

Traditional Weapon Furnace

Simple furnace that doubles up as a grill

Raw Blade

Initial process

Raw Blade

Before and after and still a long way to go..

Raw Blade

Lots of pounding and sweat before it looks like below

Katana

Assortment of swords

Katana

Katana

Goat Horn Handle Weapon

Goat Horn Handle

Deer Horn Handle Weapon

Deer Horn Handles

Keris Handles

Assortment of handles

Traditional Spears

Traditional Spears

Traditional Spears

Royal guard spear blade

Traditional Spears

Foot soldiers spear blade

Crossbow

A crossbow

Crossbow

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6 Responses to “Traditional Weapons made in Ulu Klang”

  1. LadyJava says:

    Wow.. look at all those keris.. i know someone who would love to see this operation in action…
    loving the pictures here Namz!

  2. Wow.. What an awesome experience.. The sword looks good.. Do they make samurai swords as well? But.. Err.. Do they kill live animals in order to get the goat horn/deer horn?

    • Namz says:

      It really is Bella. Yes they do make samurai sword or katana. In fact they do almost any sort of weapon. The custom weapon shop.

      With regards to the horns, err….actually they just saw off the horn while the animals are alive. They say it gives better finishing to the products.

      LOL, of course not la. The ivories are removed when the animals are dead. And that too don’t come easy. Not all goats or deers have nicely developed horns to work with. :)

      Thanks for dropping by Bella.

  3. niklas khor says:

    hello, mi name is Niklas. Im half malay and half swedish and i live in sweden. I really really want a keris, because its from my heritage and their so beutiful. please can you send me the adress of the weapo maker, or perhaps you can give me a other adress to some keris maker. I cant speak bahasa so the keris maker have to speask english. please send me a mail. good wishes niklas khor

  4. Namz says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    I would be happy to provide you the address but I’m sorry to inform that the place was burnt down in an accident.

    http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/376747_10151147956645266_1892596397_n.jpg

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.477747925265.270153.613360265&type=3

    I’m sure if the passion is strong within you, you would own one soon.

    Thanks for your interest :)

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

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