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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
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, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
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, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
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, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
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, 10:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
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, 10:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
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, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
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, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
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, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
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, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
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, 08:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
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, 08:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
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...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By kai
Hello Gustav, The hilt is an old type that can...

Hello Gustav,


The hilt is an old type that can be found on either Moro or Malay examples of keris sundang.

Comparing the kruwingan and sorsoran (and associated features at the base of the blade)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By kai
Hello Detlef, I'd agree that this a Moro kris -...

Hello Detlef,


I'd agree that this a Moro kris - Sulu, early 19th c. Nice old-style hilt; note that the lower asang-asang was once (traditionally) attached with braided twine - in status examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By kai
Hello Carlos, Good to hear from you again. You...

Hello Carlos,

Good to hear from you again. You seem to have been on an exciting shopping spree lately - congrats!



Yes, this hilt type seems to go well with bangkung. Here's another example from...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th September 2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By kai
A chest that can be locked may do well in living...

A chest that can be locked may do well in living rooms, etc.

If you have a place where looks are not important, you may be able to find something with narrow drawers (e. g. for tools or maps),...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By kai
Hello Cerjak, I hope the Borneo experts will...

Hello Cerjak,

I hope the Borneo experts will comment, too.

To me this looks like a post-WW2 piece with scabbard being rather recent.

BTW, it is not common to be able to positively identify a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,283
Posted By kai
Seems like a sturdy, genuine piece. The pommel...

Seems like a sturdy, genuine piece.

The pommel looks Chinese to me.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By kai
Hello Robert, I also guess this is a low silver...

Hello Robert,

I also guess this is a low silver alloy. Whatever, it definitely is a very sweet addition to your amazing Luzon collection! Really rare to get complete pieces in this nice...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
Posted By kai
Hello Detlef, From the pics, the hilt carving...

Hello Detlef,


From the pics, the hilt carving of #2 seems to be of somewhat better quality and I'd also consider an earlier date for this sword. The round scabbard foot including the sun motif...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,914
Posted By kai
Hello Udo, welcome to the non-lurking members...

Hello Udo,

welcome to the non-lurking members guild of the forum! ;)

Thanks for sharing the 2nd example of what may well be another pattern of these swords and all the effort you put into posting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 481
Posted By kai
I beg to differ, Ian: IMHO this clearly isn't a...

I beg to differ, Ian: IMHO this clearly isn't a modified rencong blade and most probably it neither is a traditional blade from Indonesia.

Robert, is there a mark on the left side of the blade (near...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By kai
drumroll...

Hey, Ian - great to have you back!

That's been way too many years, indeed...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By kai
Hello Marbel, Welcome to the forum! Here's...

Hello Marbel,

Welcome to the forum!



Here's another example: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=18286

Both look like post-WW2 pieces to me, probably much more recent though. While...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th June 2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 442
Posted By kai
It certainly did respond to the treatment! It is...

It certainly did respond to the treatment! It is well possible that more rounds of treatment will enhance the result. Also extensively polishing the blade by hand and subsequent etch/warangan will...
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