Language: Karo Batak
Source: Joustra; Karo-Bataksch woordenboek, 1907


The Batak kalasan is characterized by having a blade with a straight or slightly concave back and a slightly S-shaped edge, with a small protrusion on the edge side near the forte.1

They come with a variety of different hilts and scabbard configurations.


Batak Kalasan sword

A typical Batak kalasan sword.
Mandarin Mansion inventory 2021.



Those clad in silver can also be called piso rempu pirak, literally "knife with silver strips". The variety with a peculiar hilt with two parallel protrusions, like a stylized open beak, which is called sukul nganga.2


1. The name kalasan appears in M. Joustra;  Karo-Bataksch woordenboek. Leiden, Brill, 1907.
2. See Albert van Zonneveld; Traditional weapons of the Indonesian archipelago. C. Zwartenkot Art Books, Leiden. Page 59. Also see H.W. Fischer; Catalogus van 's Rijks Ethnographisch Museum, Deel VIII. Bataklanden. Met aanhangsel Maleische Landen ter Sumatra's Noordoostkust. [Sumatra II]. Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1914. Page 101.

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Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.


With an armory stamp dated Hijri 1326, corresponding to about 1908.


Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.


Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.


Large example with gold and silver overlay.


Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.