Si Euli

Si Euli is a traditional dagger or knife that originates from Nias (mostly North Nias[1]), an island off the west coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia.[2] There are versions of this knife worn by men or for daily use.[3]

Si Euli
A Si Euli knife, pre-1918.
Place of originNias, Indonesia
Service history
Used byNias people
Length39 cm

Blade typeSingle edge
Hilt typeWood


A dagger with a narrow, straight blade carried diagonally in the centre of the belt. The hilt is separated from the blade by a cylindrical brass ring and is curved at the end or makes a slight curve at about halfway. In the latter case the top of the hilt is flattened. The scabbard is straight and has a cross-piece at the mouth protruding towards the blade's edge or towards both sides. To the rear it may have a small protrusion, but also a prominent protrusion the point of which curves somewhat upwards. The scabbard may be wound with a brass wire and may have a small angled foot. Sometimes it has small chains with bells.[4]


  1. Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara (Delft, Netherlands) (1990). Nias. Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara. ISBN 90-71423-05-0.
  2. Taiwan Sheng Li Bo Wu Guan (2009). Taiwan Sheng Li Bo Wu Guan Ban Nian Kan, Volume 60. The Museum.
  3. Ethnografisch Museum Delft (1964). Indonesische Kunst Uit Eigen Bezit: Tentoonstelling Gehouden Naar Aanleiding van het Honderdjarig Bestaan van de "Indische Verzameling", Sinds 1911, Ethnografisch Museum, 1864–1964. Ethnografisch Museum - Delft. ASIN B009GM335W.
  4. Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.

Further reading

  • Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara (1990), Nias, Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara, pp. 9, 201, 202, ISBN 90-71423-05-0

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