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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By kai
I should rephrase my comment above: The single...

I should rephrase my comment above: The single lamination layer with the row of blotches shows enough regularity (as well as plenty of cold shuts not visible throughout the other layers) to assume...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By kai
Twine or rattan? Rattan can be very strong. I'm...

Twine or rattan?


Rattan can be very strong. I'm with Rick though and always feel a bit uneasy with anything but strong iron rings as ferrule(s) for these beasts!

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Posted By kai
Hello Ron, Very nice padsumbalin! If already...

Hello Ron,

Very nice padsumbalin! If already stained earlier, it is not unusual for the pattern to reestablish itself after gentle cleaning, especially if just a little "dust" of surface rust got...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 337
Posted By kai
Hello Rama, Thanks for posting this very nice...

Hello Rama,

Thanks for posting this very nice badik and joining the ranks of active forum members - welcome!

I apologize for us being so slow to respond to your first thread; I hope others will...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 810
Posted By kai
Hello Alan, Where did the early sugar cane...

Hello Alan,


Where did the early sugar cane plantation workers in Oz come from? Tamil?

Albert does mention this tool also from Java - what old-time tools have you seen having been used there for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 810
Posted By kai
Hello Dave, That does sound like what Alan is...

Hello Dave,


That does sound like what Alan is describing below, doesn't it? I'm not sure wether I'm getting the description in AvZ - sounds similar though.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 810
Posted By kai
Hello Ian, BTW, Albert does mention the parang...

Hello Ian,


BTW, Albert does mention the parang bengkok from Java and Bali: p. 98, Fig. 382.

As with many utility blades, good antique examples seem to be rare; moreover, determining the origin og...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th December 2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 487
Posted By kai
Hello David, Thanks for posting yours! Seems...

Hello David,

Thanks for posting yours! Seems it's oddball season... ;)


I'd certainly love to see this blade stained!

I believe this blade got crafted with the Bangkinang style in mind; regarding...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd December 2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,206
Posted By kai
Post Hello Alan, Yup, peoples originating in SW...

Hello Alan,


Yup, peoples originating in SW Sulawesi: Bugis, Makassarese, etc. (Not including the Toraja from central Sulawesi, of course.)



Yep.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th November 2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,206
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Ron, Congrats, a really nice keris! While...

Hello Ron,

Congrats, a really nice keris!

While the blade is obviously influenced by "Bugis" style, the flow of lines does not seem to support an origin from Sulawesi; it does look Sumatran/Malay...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th November 2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,206
Posted By kai
Yes, this ganja seems to have been welded back...

Yes, this ganja seems to have been welded back onto the blade. I doubt this is practised in Jawa - probably pretty ideosyncratic craftmanship...

I wouldn't call this a ganja iras blade either since...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By kai
Ariel, Tim is working on a comprehensive (if not...

Ariel, Tim is working on a comprehensive (if not complete) bibliography on the subject.

Alberts nice treatise is a reasonably comprehensive encyclopedia; a good starting point for any serious...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th November 2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 868
Posted By kai
Hello Ron, Yup, similar. Look for the...

Hello Ron,


Yup, similar. Look for the differences though! ;)



Malay peninsula, a geographic term that includes some areas nowadays under Thai administration.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By kai
Hello Martin, Well, gilding on an iron blade...

Hello Martin,


Well, gilding on an iron blade (koftgari and even inlay) changes the game dramatically: Be very, very careful! If in doubt, better do nothing or just stabilize any active rust rather...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By kai
Hello Steve, Yes, your etching results are...

Hello Steve,

Yes, your etching results are certainly fun - keep them coming!



No, chloride ions will need to be extensively rinsed off regardless of any intermediate treatment.

The vinegar may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By kai
No polish needed per se - it's a matter of taste...

No polish needed per se - it's a matter of taste or what the traditional approach would be for a given culture/piece.



Quite rare but possible: If a blade has been polished with power tools the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By kai
Hello Martin, Please search this site for...

Hello Martin,

Please search this site for several detailed tips.

Just a few comments:
Concentration is not so critical but make sure you don't overdo things! Evenly wipe the solution over the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,443
Posted By kai
Hello Carlos, Please post some better pics of...

Hello Carlos,

Please post some better pics of your sword!

Hilt made from wood with iron ferrule?

There seems to some relationship with the 2 unusual examples discussed in this thread:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,008
Posted By kai
comment from Karel Sirag

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On item #2, posted by Udo (aka Sentrad) on Sept. 11th, 2014:

I am glad with the detailed photographs. Many, many details, I love it. As far I can see from these photographs (preferable one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By kai
Yes, David, I'm with you! IMHO Timo put it quite...

Yes, David, I'm with you!

IMHO Timo put it quite nicely:

Short attention spans of wanna-be restorers will also often give the same result...

What I meant would be nice to have better numbers on is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By kai
Hello Detlef, I believe we need a poll on this...

Hello Detlef,


I believe we need a poll on this to get some numbers; on old as well as on MOP kris (seperately)...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By kai
Hello Dave, In a kraton setting, reversing the...

Hello Dave,


In a kraton setting, reversing the grip of a keris may have been enforced in a few cases in Indonesia. All other weapons have tightly set hilts as have been keris hilts in cultures...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By kai
Hello Timo, Yes, definitely. After having spent...

Hello Timo,


Yes, definitely. After having spent your arrows, a spear would usually be the primary weapon before closing in (or in an ambush situation).



Grab a backup weapon when already close...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,008
Posted By kai
Hello Udo, Sorry for the delay - I'll be back...

Hello Udo,

Sorry for the delay - I'll be back with some more info soon, hopefully.

Thanks a lot for the great close-ups - keep up the good work! BTW, do you have any other examples from the larger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,008
Posted By kai
Hello ausjulius, Actually, there is quite a bit...

Hello ausjulius,


Actually, there is quite a bit to be found in old, antique books, etc. Specializing in these swords and doing more research would be great IMHO!

Also, while genuine antique pieces...
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