TUMBUK LADA

Malay Peninsula - Riau - Sumatra

The Tumbuk Lada, translates literally to "chili crusher", probably because of the shape of its hilt . It is one of the most common type of daggers in Riau and the Peninsula, in areas where the Keris is not so popular.

It has a slightly curved single edged blade, usually in plain iron but on some occasions in pamor. Some Tumbuk Lada have a ridge on a quarter of the back. The shape of the blade can be associated to the early Keris Sanjang.

The sheath has a round protrusion often finely carved. The sheath termination can be an indication of its origin.

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