A late 19th century Pakayun sword.
TypeSabre sword
Place of originBorneo (Brunei; North Kalimantan, Indonesia; Sabah, Malaysia)
Service history
Used byDayak people (Murut people), Orang Ulu (Lun Bawang)
Lengthapproximately 80–90 cm (31–35 in) blade

Blade typeSingle edge
Hilt typeWood with brass ferrule

The Pakayun (as it is called among Malay speaking Muruts) or Parapat (as in Murut language)[1] or Pelepet / Felepet (by the Lun Bawang / Lundayeh people)[2] is a sword very characteristic of the Murut people originating from Borneo.[3]

The Pakayun is a Sabre sword with a light curved blade and has a curious forked pommel.[4] The blade is of almost uniform diameter throughout with its back shorter than the edge, so that there is a short slope at the tip of the blade.[5]

A Pakayun sword in its scabbard.

See also


  1. ^ The Sarawak Museum Journal: Volume 4, Issues 12-15. The Gouvernment Printing Office, Kuching Sarawak. 1937. p. 230. OCLC 1227337846.
  2. ^ Haslina Bujang (27 October 2018). "Senjata Tradisional Lun Bawang Yang Hilang – Felepet". The Patriots. Retrieved 2023-09-05.
  3. ^ "American Anthropological Association, Anthropological Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.), American Ethnological Society". American Anthropologist: Volume 4. American Anthropological Association. 1902. p. 557. OCLC 51205515.
  4. ^ George Cameron Stone (2013). A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: In All Countries and in All Times. Dover Publications. p. 479. ISBN 978-04-861-3129-0.
  5. ^ Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1901). Journal - Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 31. Dover Publications. p. 225. ISSN 0025-1496.