Blakas or Belakas is a general name for any sort of cleaver or large knife originating from Bali, Indonesia that has a heavy rectangular blade with a straight cutting edge used for chopping.[1] Their long, round hilts become somewhat thinner to one or both ends. The blade usually has fanciful shape and encrusted motifs.[2] Sometimes it is made for ceremonial purposes, and also used in pairs with golok.[3] It is common for almost every Balinese household to own a Blakas because the blade is in everyday use for kitchen chores, in the orchards, and in ceremonial activities.

A Balinese Blakas, pre-1944.
TypeChopper, Cleaver, Ceremonial Knife
Place of originBali, Indonesia
Service history
Used byBalinese people
Blade typeSingle edge, chisel grind
Hilt typeWater buffalo horn, wood

See also


  1. Fred B. Eiseman (2008). Traditional Balinese Tools In The Jimbaran Area, South Bali (Prabot Bali Tatamian). Fred B. Eiseman. ASIN B007HG4ZN8.
  2. Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.
  3. S. Ann Dunham (2009). Surviving Against The Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-4687-7.

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