Unique Rencong Knife. Weapon of Nobility. Aceh. Northern Sumatra. Indonesia.
Aceh is a semi-autonomous Indonesian province on the northeast tip of the island of Sumatra. The ethnic group there – the Acehnese – use the Rencong to fight off invaders during the frequent conflicts especially in the mountainous wilderness areas.
Engagement techniques vary depending on the length of the knife . . . anywhere between 10 and 50cm (4-20 inches). For shorter concealed Recongs: worn on the left side and drawn with the left foot forward. A quick right step forward adds momentum to the thrust. It is then quickly sliced to the right with a snap of the hand, bringing the palm upwards while the elbow is close to the body. The thrusting arm is almost fully extended and the palm is turned downward just before piercing the target.. The main targets are the throat, kidneys, groin, and abdomen. Ouch!
UNIQUE: Older Rencongs were a weapon of nobility and it was an honor and a sign of masculinity to possess one. There are those that are ornately decorated with gold and ivory (royalty) and those simply crafted just for warfare. Notice the “kris” signature at the handle end of the blade.
This one is between with a engraved, multi-metal blade and handcrafted sheath and metal bands and designs.
Because of its age, this one could have seen combat. I would assume that it was owned/used by a combat leader, well taken care of, and held as a sacred heirloom for his future generations.
Regardless, unique and for the Serious Collector of Indonesian weapons. Display stand not included.