Kampung Padang Changkat, Haizul Annuar Hussin still
toils with his handmade! fire blown metal smelter that
uses charcoal, to make his Parangs. Not an easy task as
he can only complete two pieces a day.
year-old father of three who used to be a building
contractor, learned the art of making Parang from his
uncle and in six months, produced his first hand made
Parang. He then travelled near and far in the country to
get more skills on Parang making. He is now able to
produce Parangs of various sizes ranging from those with
15cm blades to Samurai sword-like Parangs. The different
forms of Parangs come with different names such as Golok
Rembau. Tombok Lada, Golok Perak, and Rembau Camca.
says that when there is a good demand, orders of 50
Parangs a month has been placed, but that is also the
maximum that he can produce in one month. The price for
each of his handmade Parang can range from RM5O to more
then RM300, depending on the order. The price usually
will depend on size, wood, and metal quality, as well as
carvings on the Sarong (sheath), which holds the weapon
safely when it is carried. Surian wood is usually used
for the sheath and he uses metal from car springs, chain
saws, and chisels, which are smelted to create the alloy
for the blade.
this innovative metalsmith, there are eight others in
Kampung Padang Changkat, which is located in Bukit
Chandan, who are involved in making Parang, but his is
the only fully traditional handmade product. It takes a
week to create a Parang from the date of order, if you
are keen to own one of these masterpieces.