Thursday, May 27, 2010

Golok - Gollock - Parang - Attacking knife

This is not a toy. It is a warrior weapon for attacking the enemy.This golok is a handmade and originated from Indonesia


Golok brief info

The golok is a type of machete or broadsword originating in Southeast Asia. The word golok (sometimes misspelled as "gulok" or "gollock") is of Indonesian origin[citation needed] but is also used in Malaysia and the Philippines. In Malaysia it is usually interchangeable with parang.

The Golok style is noted for being the pattern for British Army-issue machetes used since the early 1950s

Sizes and weights vary, as does blade shape. Golok tend to be heavier and shorter than machetes, often being used for bush and branch cutting. Having either a primary grind or an edgewise taper, the golok is less likely to jam in green wood than the flat-sided machete.

Golok are traditionally made with a springy carbon steel blade of a softer temper than that of other large knives. This makes them easier to dress and sharpen in the field, although it also requires more frequent attention. Although many manufacturers produce factory-made golok, there is still an important handmade production in Indonesia.

Parang brief info

The parang is the Malay equivalent of the machete. Typical vegetation in Malaysia is more woody than in South America and the parang is therefore optimized for a stronger chopping action with a heavier blade and a "sweet spot" further forward of the handle, the blade is also beveled more obtusely to prevent it from binding in the cut. This is the same rationale and (in practical terms) the same design as the Indonesian golok and very similar to the Filipino bolo. A parang blade is usually 30 centimetres (12 in) long and has a mass of no more than 0.75 kilograms (1.7 lb). The curved blade enables maximum effort to be applied when cutting timber, and the blade arrives before the knuckles, so giving them protection. A parang has three different edges, the front is very sharp and used for skinning, the middle is wider and used for chopping, and the back end (near the handle) is very fine and used for carving.

Like the machete, the parang is frequently used in the jungle as well as being a tool for making housing, furniture, and tools. The parang has been noted in John "Lofty" Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook, a leading survival book.[1] for this use.

In the season 7 episode "D-Girl" of the television series Law & Order, a parang is used as the instrument of murder.

Parang are also used as weapons, typically carried by gang members and robbers in Malaysia.


Nasa said...

Nice article.
I also got one Tongkat Berparang.
Traditional Malaysian wood-bases handicraft product for sell.
Feel free to visit

baharuddinaziz said...

Thks for visiting Nasa

lokman said...

pisau oh pisau - process of making a wooden knife sheath by fairoz hussin.pdf

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