Parang Latok (Malaysia)

Parang Latok (Malaysia)

Code: IN18

A newer hand-made parang.  No two are alike. This utility knife is used as a hatchet, in agriculture and for many other household uses.  The blade is 13 inches long and sharpened both on one edge and at the square end. The scabbard is wood, made in two parts and bound with the traditional rattan.  Both the bottom of the blade and the square front end are very sharp. The dog-leg shape is indicative of the type “latok”.  This variety is almost exclusively for jungle use.

A sturdy and excellent example of this typical working knife of Malaysia.

The Parang, a jungle knife, has been in continuous production for over 200 years across the region of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines. “Parang” is a generic term used all over the archipelago to describe any type of single edge chopping weapon. Parangs are mainly used for hunting or moving in the jungle.  This parang latok was hand-made some time in the past 10 years.  No two parangs are alike because they are all hand-forged - pounded out on an anvil by a blacksmith - and the shape of sword, scabbard, and decorations reflect both the region and artisan’s personal style.