I was one of the Silat practitioners from the source who introduced the fighting art of the Kerambit to the west about 30 years ago. I am not a martial artist who just picks up the Kerambit and creates a fighting system based entirely on my martial arts knowledge. I am Malay from Malaysia who trained in the art of Silat under Mahagurus and Pewaris (Heirs) of various systems, the sources themselves. My Silat are direct from my teachers and has been in the original form all this while. Silat is the original Malay art of fighting where winning is the ultimate goal and losing is really not an option.
Knowing the Kerambit has become the martial art weapon of the millennium is my absolute excitement. It is without a doubt a Silat weapon; a Malay weapon. Some consider it Indonesian, which is not wrong but not accurate. Since ancient time Nusantara the Malay world consists of what today known Indonesia, Brunei, Southern Thailand, and southern Philippines, southeast of Indochina and Malaysia. So please stop saying it is Filipino, Malaysian or Indonesian. It is a Malay Silat weapon.
Kerambit is possibly one of the oldest weapons of the Nusantara. It is believe to be as old as stone knife and axe. The prototype Kerambit is the tiger claw. Men saw how lethal the claws of the beast and adopted it as close range weapon. Another theory would be the petals of a flower. Old Kerambit which look like a petal of an open flower was used as an ornament of beauty by Malay ladies of ancient times. It is a concealed weapon. The ladies hid their Kerambit in the sash, pocket or hair bun; making it easily accessible when the need arises.
When it was introduced to the western world, it has evolved to become the martial arts weapon. It is one of the most effective weapons for mid and close-range combat situations.
Read full article by Prof Jak Othman, about his fascinations, his disappointments, the way of the Silat Kerambit and why you must stop flipping the Kerambit unneccessarily!