Golok Tjikeroeh

A golok from the village of Tjikeroeh in Java, Indonesia, c. 1900
IN48 Golok in Scabbard A golok from the village of Tjikeroeh in Java, Indonesia, c. 1900

Code IN48

A golok from the village of Tjikeroeh in Java, Indonesia, c. late 19th - early 20th century. The overall length is 20 ½ inches. Manufacturing in this era was a cooperative process, with each household specializing in one part of the process.  Tjikeroeh (Cikeruh) is one of a cluster of hamlets, including Tjicatjing, Tjipatjing (Cipacing), Tjisoerat, and Tjibatoe (Cnibatu) who are well known for producing fine weapons in that era.

The blade length is 15 inches. The edge is recurved in shape, with a "fat belly" at the point of maximum percussion.  A single large fuller is found on both sides of the blade along the spine.  The fuller is decorated in an okir pattern typical of swords from Tjikeroeh and neighboring villages.  The back side of the blade is slightly concave in shape with a width of ¼ inch tapering distally to the point.  The blade edge smoothly curves upward to the point and the back slopes down in nearly a straight line to the point.  This represents a combination of shapes that are suitable for both thrusting and slicing attacks. The blade has nicks and sharpening marks that will be removed in the restoration and cleaning process.

The hilt is carved hardwood in a typical design that is representative of a parrot. There are glue indications of a relatively recent repair to the hilt. The scabbard wood is slightly different indicating that it is a replacement for the original (if any).

See also: Blades of the Sumedang Regency 1888 - 1912