The Golok Sword
The Golok Sword (also called golang, Gollok, Golong, Goloq) is a traditional weapon or tool from Malaysia. It was developed by the Malay tribes, and used as a machete and a weapon of war. It is still worn by tradition and use the martial art Silat.
The blade length of Golok is approximately between 25cm and 40cm. The Golok has a heavy, straight or curved spine, with a convex or slightly curved blade. The Golok are classified into two classes:
- The weapons with a slightly curved or slightly concave back of the blade (the original blade shape). The blade is slightly curved convex and its focus is between the blade and the center, thus permitting large cuts.
- The weapons with a slightly curved or slightly concave back of the blade and a slightly or strongly convex edge. The cutting edge and the back of the blade converge to a point. The back is worked out to a sharp edged blade. This version can be used as a thrusting weapon as well as a machete. The blades are sharpened almost to the hilt. Some versions are equipped with a hollow grind.
The tang (handle) is usually made of wood or horn and is carved in the traditional way. The handle is made of one piece and beside wood it can be also made out of a variety of materials. The shape and appearance of Goloks varies from one place to another.
The scabbards of these swords are made of wood, leather or horn. They are held together by metal strips or flattened rattan laces. In some cases the sheath halves are connected with wire. These sheaths are made in Europe and imported to Sumatra.
Other type of scabbards for the Golok swords are made with inlaid bone. Some scabbard versions are made as such that they can accommodate a belt. These type of scabbards are produced throughout the Indonesian archipelago.