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Abdul Mazin Abdul Jamil, or "Pak Mazin" as he is commonly known, is a keris maker that still makes the weapon using the traditional method. Descended from a family of keris crafters, Mazin has crafted many keris for politicians, royal members as well as keris enthusiasts from all over the world.

He is an expert in crafting metal but he also teaches the art and history of keris. Pak Mazin is not only in love and passionate about the art of making keris, he insists on hammering the keris using traditional tools and techniques. With a strong hope of preserving this tradition for the future generation, he is willing to share all his knowledge with anyone interested in buying, making or learning about the keris.

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Tatjana
June 2018

First off, I think this was a well worth it experience. I learned so much from Abdul abd his passion for Keris making is contagious! It's quite an experience to be before a hot forge, hearing the hammering of the metal on the anvil if you haven't experienced it. It also showcased a side of Malaysia that is authentic. If you have the chance, check out more Kuala Kangsar and immerse yourself in a Malaysian rural town. It's quite charming!

That being said, there are some issues that I see more with the Lokalocal ad more than anything else. It's very misleading. It says that the language spoken is English and Malay. Truth is, there was only Malay. Abdul doesn't speak English so if you go be sure to have a local with you or a friend who speaks Malay who can translate. If not, I REALLY THINK that Lokalocal should consider helping Mr. Mazin in that regard, like hire a translator or something of the sort. I was lucky enough to have my driver who drove me from Kuala Lumpur stick around and translate. And it was quite enjoyable then.

Another thing that is misleading, you don't actually make the keris. Due to the time allotted, you are only going see and experience 1 part of the process. Mr. Mazin himself said that the quickest one can make a Keris is 2 weeks to a month. Luckily he has had people from abroad learn the craft under his wing, but it obviously costs more. Think RM 250 per day. So, if you were looking forward to bringing home a sweet keris you yourself made with Mr. Mazin, you are going to be a tad disappointed. But is is great that he offered it to me and in case I want to continue learning, the option is there.

All in all, I think this is a rare opportunity and even if it remains a one off experience for you and producing something isn't of prime importance, it's an incredible experience. You are in the presence of a long legacy of keris making dating back a couple of generations that is still done in a traditional way. I would a do it again with a slight few changes.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience!