A Buko from East Kalimantan, 1954.
TypeParang (knife)
Place of originBorneo (Sarawak, Malaysia and Kalimantan, Indonesia)
Service history
Used byBornean Malay people, Dayak people (Bidayuh)
Lengthapproximately 60 cm (24 in)

Blade typecurved single edged
Hilt typewood or horn

The Buko, also called Buku or Parang Buko is a cleaver (parang) that originates from Borneo. This parang is used by the native Bidayuh (Land Dayaks) people.[1] While the Buko is also used by the Malays chiefly for carpentering purposes.[2]


The Buko has a curved, single-edged blade. The blade becomes wider from the hilt to the point and is bent sharply after about a fifth. The blade first becomes narrower after the hilt, but then becomes wider again after the bend. The tip is rounded. The handle is made of wood or horn and is decorated with decorative carvings on the pommel. A metal clamp is attached to the transition area from the handle to the blade, which serves to better attach the blade and handle. The Buko bears great resemblance to the Parang Latok and the Pandat.[3]

See also


  1. ^ The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 31. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 1901. p. 226. OCLC 663351884.
  2. ^ "Ethnographical collections British Museum no. 7310" as per owner's catalogue notes
  3. ^ Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. p. 36. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.