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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By kai
Hello Dave! The whole sword is upside down -...

Hello Dave!


The whole sword is upside down - still the blade is not traditional.

Sorry, I'm afraid the blade as well as the fittings are rather poor local repros (possibly from inside the culture...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 9th January 2016, 01:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 885
Posted By kai
Question Hello Detlef, I'm afraid I don't see any...

Hello Detlef,


I'm afraid I don't see any notable hints for it being made from stag nor whalebone. Still looks like "generic" bone from a terrestrial mammal to me...



Agreed - just my 2 cents as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2016, 01:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 500
Posted By kai
Hello Leif, I was also focusing on the blade:...

Hello Leif,


I was also focusing on the blade: IMHO it is very unlikely to be 200 years or older (based on workmanship, etc.). It does seem to have some age though and also some wear.



It's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2016, 01:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 500
Posted By kai
Exclamation Hello Jose, (BTW, it's Leif who is planning to...

Hello Jose,

(BTW, it's Leif who is planning to work on this kris ;) )

I'm with you and also strongly recommend heating the base of the blade with an open flame: either a candle and lots of patience...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 500
Posted By kai
Post Hello Leif, I assume he meant turn of the 19th...

Hello Leif,


I assume he meant turn of the 19th century (1890ies/1910ies)? For Malay sundang we don't have any established chronology nor specific stylistic details to go by when trying to date a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th January 2016, 02:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 885
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Harry, The scabbard crafted from a single...

Hello Harry,

The scabbard crafted from a single piece of wood is something that should be especially mentioned!



I certainly can recommend him, too!

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th January 2016, 02:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 885
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Harry, Congrats, this is IMVHO a nice...

Hello Harry,

Congrats, this is IMVHO a nice keris!



It is regular bone (probably water buffalo) - the (not shown) base of the upper side shows the exposed porous inner side. ;)

Whale bone tends...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By kai
Thanks for confirmation, Gavin! The cleaning tray...

Thanks for confirmation, Gavin! The cleaning tray pics suggested some initial emergency work but good to know that the blade surface did not suffer from long-time collection storage as my cleaning...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By kai
Thanks, Jose! I do like the flow of lines from...

Thanks, Jose!

I do like the flow of lines from the nice fullers. The fullers also help to accentuate the pamor.

It seems to share some of the aesthetics of keris ligan from Bali|Lombok. However, if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By kai
Hello Gavin, This is the pedang coming from you,...

Hello Gavin,

This is the pedang coming from you, indeed - thanks! ;)

Any source info that I didn't pulled from you already? How thick was the rust you had to remove after acquisition? Any hints on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By kai
Smile Pedang from Bali or Lombok?

Happy New Year to all forumites and their loved ones!

IMHO, this is a neat, hefty blade: 580 mm (just under 23") long, 12.2 mm (almost half an inch) thick and weighting in at 777 g (1 lb and 11.4...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
Posted By kai
Hello Detlef, In the antique example shown,...

Hello Detlef,


In the antique example shown, only the scabbard suggests a close relationship.

The other one I was talking about (not shown though) really is a twin of Rick's knife and also of later...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th December 2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Without wanting to get sidetracked too much:...

Without wanting to get sidetracked too much: AFAIK, the later rulers of Mataram (and Surakarta) are quite universely referred to as "Sunan" which is just a short version of "Susuhunan" - any reasons...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
Posted By kai
BTW, here's another piece that sold a while ago:...

BTW, here's another piece that sold a while ago: This time with silver-clad hilt; blade and throat of scabbard in yet another variant though! :)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Detlef, Congrats and thanks for...

Hello Detlef,


Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Looks like a nice knife with good age, probably antique. Let me know if you ever get bored with it... ;)

Incidentally, I obtained a twin of Rick's...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th December 2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Hello Alan, I was not referring to suasa being...

Hello Alan,


I was not referring to suasa being specifically discussed in any anals that I remember. I was just trying to get across that the Chinese anals and Rumpf's work are important early...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th December 2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Hello Alan, Rumpf's text mentions susuhunan...

Hello Alan,


Rumpf's text mentions susuhunan several times; in the middle of page 206 he specifically mentions "Sussuhunam Amancurat" when reporting on a military episode in April 25th, 1680. [This...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th December 2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Hello David, This is a general feature (for...

Hello David,


This is a general feature (for digital texts) which does not work with photographed sources as in this case.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th December 2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Hello Alan, E. g. Ma Huan (earlier than Rumpf's...

Hello Alan,


E. g. Ma Huan (earlier than Rumpf's account though); those Chinese annals seem to have a quite similar perspective than the VOC and other early European accounts; certainly, all have to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 28th December 2015, 02:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Post Hello David, There are quite a few conflicting...

Hello David,


There are quite a few conflicting dates regarding Rumpf's biography - I'm not sure if it is feasible or necessary to dig into this? It seems that he left for the Moluccas in 1954 at...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th December 2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,657
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello all, Sorry for chiming in late. I believe...

Hello all,

Sorry for chiming in late. I believe that Alan's initial response sums it up quite nicely:


It is beyond doubt that gold was the major store of wealth and status throughout all of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2015, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By kai
Not exactly the same style but similarly playing...

Not exactly the same style but similarly playing with old motifs:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=18286

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=18664
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By kai
This is made in Tugaya for those traveling for...

This is made in Tugaya for those traveling for pleasure, sorry!

We've had 2 similar pieces showing up during the last years - a search for Bagobo should turn them up...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Detlef, I'd posit that this example does...

Hello Detlef,


I'd posit that this example does belong to the large sewar/siwaih family.

The scabbard does look like a more recent (post-WW2?) replacement to me. What would be your age estimate...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 15th November 2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Thanks, Giovanni, for beating me at it! Could...

Thanks, Giovanni, for beating me at it!


Could also have been nicely preserved in an old European collection...



That's an old repair according to the seller.

Most of these scabbards have a...
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