Parang latok overall
Overall length

65.6 cm

Blade length

48 cm

(tip to bend)

Blade thickness

Base 11 mm

Bend 9 mm

Middle edge 7 mm

Tip 4 mm

Blade width

Bend 19 mm

Middle 38 mm

Tip 52 mm

Weight

833 grams

Point of balance

15 cm from bend

20 cm from hilt

Materials

Steel, wood, silver, brass

Origin

Sarawak, Northern Borneo

Dating

19th century

Provenance

Ben Medze

Aalderink Oriental Art

Dick Meyer

Price €2800, -

Interested?
Anything similar for sale?

Contact me

Introduction

The parang latok is one of the more curious weapons from Asia. The blade is straight and with a pronounced widening from a narrow base to a rather wide tip. Its defining feature is a sharp bend at the base of the blade.

From a functional perspective, the bend in the hilt makes for a blade that hits later in the swing, so it has more time to accelerate. So its strike is not fast but harder than that of a conventional sword.

It was described by Frederick Doyle in 1865 as:

"...the national weapon of the Sarawak Malays and the Land Dayaks."

They were used as a machete, melee weapon, and execution sword.

 

This example

A very nice specimen. The blade is heavy and well-made, with clean lines and a precisely cut groove. The spine has brass inlays, and so does the base of the blade, prior to the bend just above the handle. The hilt is made of dark wood, reinforced with silver wrappings. Comes with an upright stand.

A striking piece.

 

Further reading

For more information, see my glossary article: parang latok

Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok
Parang latok

Do you have anything for sale?

I might be interested in buying it.

Contact me

Carved with typically Dayak aso "dog dragon" motifs.

€800,-

A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.

€3200,-

With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.

€1250,-

An understated, elegant khukuri of substantial proportions with fine layered blade.

€2200,-

With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.

€1800,-

Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.

€900,-