Pedang III

Pedang III

Code: IN54

An old pedang “Type III” (see below) from Sumatra c. mid to late 19th C. The pedang is a weapon designed primarily for martial use. This sword measures 22 ¾ inches overall when in its scabbard.

The blade of this pedang measures 16 ½ inches from tip to hilt. The back edge is slightly concave and the cutting edge is slightly convex. Both cutting edge and back edge of the blade curve slightly forward, ending in a gradual curve downward for 2 inches to a point directly in line with the edge, The back edge cross section is flat with a thickness of ¼ inch at the hilt, tapering distally to ⅛ inch at the downward curve to the tip. The blade is widest at the hilt, measuring 1 ¼ inches, and reduces gradually to ⅞ inches prior to the tip. The general shape of the blade is a convex-curved cutting edge with a triangular cross-section. The blade is sharpened on one side only in a chisel grind typical of the region. The blade features a bold pamor provisionally identified as "Rante". 

The pommel of the hilt is wood carved in relief with a floral motif. There is some lossage to the wood from age and use. As typical for this type of pedang, the lower part of the hilt is sliver plated with ornamental embossed and chased floral patterns. 

The scabbard is composed of two pieces of wood, bound together by large bands of tin at top and bottom, and alternating bands, two each, of copper and brass in the middle.


*Type III:  See Albert G. Van Zonneveld, "Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago". Plate 396. Page 102