Saturday, August 15, 2009

Badik

Badik
Small weapons of the knife are common throughout Indonesia and Malaysia.

Most common are the badik and the pisau.

In the old days of the Malay States the badik was a formidable weapon. A straight bladed, one edged dagger it served ideally for close-in fighting and was a favorite tool of assassination, for it can easily be concealed in the folds of one’s garments.

The warrior Raja Haji fought the Dutch at the zenith of their supremacy in Malacca and immortalized the badik as a symbol of resistance.

But it is to the Bugis and the Makassarese that the badik as a symbol of resistance. But it is to the Bugis and the Makassarese that the badik owes its infamy.

Neither of these peoples are without the badik. Preceding combat, a Bugis or Makassarese fighter will position his badik at his left front side.

It is drawn by a slashing withdrawal action blade edge facing the enemy, and then thrust forward into the abdominal cavity of the victim.
Badik
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