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Weapon type: Dagger
Designations: Sundang, Sondang, Sulu Keris
Usage: Weapon
Region of Origin/
Sumatra, ethnic groups from Sumatra
Distribution: Indonesia
Blade length: about 68 cm
Handle: Wood, Horn, Metal
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The Sundang also Sondang, Sulu Keris is a dagger from Sumatra.


The Sundang has a flame-shaped, double-edged, heavy blade that can be straight or slightly curved. The width of the blade is constant behind the wide blade forging from the hilt to the place. The wide blade forging is typical for the kris types. The blade has a hollow grind. The point is slightly rounded. The blade runs flame-shaped over almost two thirds of the blade, it is usually made of Pamor steel (similar to Damascus steel). Between the flame-shaped part of the blade and the point the blade is straight. The tang is round, unlike most other blades. Therefore it happens that the crisis turns easily in the hilt when cutting. To prevent this, two metal bands (indon. Sigi) are attached to the blade of the Sundang intended for cutting and hitting, which connect the blade and the hilt. These bands are typical for the Sundang. The hilt is usually made of wood or horn, but can be made of precious stones or/and precious metals in precious versions. The hilt is round, wrapped with metal wire and bends slightly downwards. It has no guard, but the broad, asymmetrically forged blade widening below the hilt offers protection to the hand. The pommel is wider than the rest of the hilt and carved to resemble a stylized bird’s head. The scabbards are usually made of wood, but can also be made of precious metals. Their shape is oval and they are rounded at the point. The mouth of the scabbard is made in a shape typical for the crisis (indon. wrangka or sampir), overhanging and slanting towards the scabbard. The sundang is a version of the kris and is used by ethnic groups in Sumatra.[1]

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Individual references

  1. Albert G. van Zonneveld: Traditional weapons of the Indonesian archipelago. C. Zwartenkot Art Books, Leiden 2001, ISBN 90-5450-004-2, p. 133.