INDONESIAN ACEH WARRIOR SIKIM PANJANG KLEWANG SWORD

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  • Sold Date: Mar 15, 2011
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Klewang

The klewang is a traditional straight bladed, single-edged machete-style sword from Indonesia. In size, weight and shape it is halfway between the golok and the kampilan. The style and shape of the klewang differs between the various cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillippines. During the Aceh War (1873-1901) the Acehnese klewangs proved very effective in close quarters combat with Dutch troops, so much that the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger; KNIL) had to adopt a heavy cutlass, also called klewang, to counter it. Mobile troops armed with carbines and dutch issued klewangs finally succeeded in suppressing Aceh resistance where traditional infantry with rifle and bayonet had failed.

One type of Klewang, the Sikim Panjang is very popular and was one of the preferred weapons among the Aceh Sumatran warriors. It carries a straight sigle-edged blade. Both, the edge (mata) and the spine (rueng) run parallel until the edge abruptly tapers backwards on its last 2 to 3 inches to meet the straight spine at the tip. The sikim usually shows a shallow groove(kuro) running parallel to the blade's ridge, along its two proximal thirds. Characteristically in this type of klewang, the blade is fitted into a buffalo horn hilt with forked pommel, representing a open-mouthed
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