April 5, 2010Posted by asianpixmen in Craft, Culture, Malaysia, Places.
People in general have a certain fascination with sharpened tools. Without exception are the traditional Malay weapons. In the old days, as we call it, the knives you see before you, were normally used for agricultural purposes.
Modern times have caught up with society, so there’s very much less reliance on these tools anymore. In long decades past, the lawi ayam was used as a agricultural tool, mainly for pruning palm fronds or rattan.
Of course, in some circles the lawi ayam also goes by its other name, kerambit. It also has another more sinister purpose. The goloks in the foreground as beautiful works of art.
Collectors search up and low throughout Peninsular Malaysia for a collector’s golok whose traits are excellent metal work, beautiful engravings and superb finishing.
All these qualities add up to a hefty bill for the collector and a great return for the blademaker.