Celurit Wulu Pitik

Celurit Wulu Pitik

Code IN45

This is a celurit (clurit, sabit) wulu pitik from Java.  The blade is of file steel and bears the stamp "5 5". The metal of the blade has been flattened nearest the hilt to a thin layer that has been wrapped around a projection from the hilt and fastened with a nail. The hilt is turned wood of medium weight. This is certainly a light duty agricultural tool, probably for harvesting rice.

Total overall length is 14 inches, measured both from pommel to tip and pommel to major curve.  An interesting symmetry.

  • A Celurit (Clurit, Sabit) is generally a sickle (sometimes other variants include billhook) with a pronounced crescent-blade patterns which curves more than half a circle and a long handle, is widely used for agricultural purposes and also in Pencak Silat. When compared to the Arit, the Celurit is slightly larger.  Although the Celurit (or also generally known as Sabit) is widely used throughout the Indonesian archipelago for agricultural purposes, somehow it is strongly associated with the culture of the Madurese and is frequently used by them as well especially by the leaders who called themselves Sakera. It is possibly used as an agricultural tool in the Banjuwangi region on East Java and then conveyed to Madura.

Besides Arit and Sabit, other variations of the Celurit includes the Arek, Caluk, Calok, Bendo Arit (billhook), Bhiris and so on depending on the geographical area and curvature of the crescent blade. See also this page.