A Parang Latok as seen in the middle, is labelled as number 1 (in sheath) and 3 (unsheath).
|Place of origin||Kalimantan, Indonesia and Sarawak, Malaysia|
|Used by||Bornean Malay people, Dayak people|
|Length||approximately 55 cm|
|Blade type||single edged, one sided chisel grind|
Its used for both timber felling, agricultural activities and warfare is characterised by the noticeable bent at an obtuse angle from one-third of its length starting from the pommel. This parang features a single-edge blade that is heavier and wider towards the point of the blade. The handle of the Parang Latok is made of wood without a guard and often tied securely with rattan at its grip. It is carried in a long, two-piece wooden sheath to properly hold the blade.
In the past, the Parang Latok is also used for executing condemned criminals, and the decapitation is normally achieved with a single blow. This parang is used two-handedly, with one hand holding the hilt and the other holding the blade's shoulder, enabling its user to strike downwards.
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