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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi Today, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 85
Posted By kai
Smile Looks more like low quality Bali to me (from the...

Looks more like low quality Bali to me (from the single pic).

The Java version tends to be worse - or really much worse... ;)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi Today, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 89
Posted By kai
Hello Apolaki, Yes, both exhibit controlled...

Hello Apolaki,

Yes, both exhibit controlled pamor: The first is surface manipulated while the latter got twisted.

The blades will be recent (karmadikan). The fittings are of pretty mundane quality...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi Today, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 85
Posted By kai
Cool Hello Apolaki, You pretty much guessed it: A...

Hello Apolaki,

You pretty much guessed it: A recent production of limited quality.

The hilt is of lesser quality - there are far worse examples though, especially those pseudo-Bali nightmares...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th February 2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By kai
Hello Maurits, I'm not sure that this piece...

Hello Maurits,

I'm not sure that this piece really is from Sumatra. I may well be but it seems a bit too young to exhibit clearcut features that might allow positive identification to any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By kai
Hello Marius, While this kampilan may be on the...

Hello Marius,

While this kampilan may be on the lower range of traditional sizes, it is not so short that this can be taken as proof of a shortened blade IMHO.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Cool Hello Apolaki, Please try to answer those...

Hello Apolaki,

Please try to answer those questions raised in post #18.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Detlef, I beg to differ: There are...

Hello Detlef,


I beg to differ: There are several deep cracks which surely were filled with rust. There is no way that a gentle polish of the surface would have removed these pockets of residual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Post Hello Apolaki, I doubt that the blade produces...

Hello Apolaki,

I doubt that the blade produces any really toxic fumes. It's most certainly not arsenic nor zink. (However, it is common sense not to sniff any fumes that smell bad, just to be...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th February 2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By kai
Hello Jean, The pics are taken at an angle; only...

Hello Jean,

The pics are taken at an angle; only the last 2 pics are more reasonable.

I still see a Bugis sepokal blade (the tip is quite dark and in this top half the grinding may also have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Post Hello Apolaki, I believe I can see the forging...

Hello Apolaki,


I believe I can see the forging flaw already in the pic you posted originally.

Hairline cracks and pitting are not cleaned by surface grinding/polishing (unless removing heaps of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Apolaki, If the clamps are heavily...

Hello Apolaki,


If the clamps are heavily patinated silver (alloy), the ferrule may be some nickel alloy.

Alternatively, the ferrule may be silver and the clamps brass.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Post I was being a bit liberal with my parlance when...

I was being a bit liberal with my parlance when suggesting polishing - I rather meant fine grinding and polishing. Anyway, that's pretty much an art (possibly several) and not easily...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Post Hello Apolaki, Please verify whether the thin...

Hello Apolaki,

Please verify whether the thin metal strips (which attach the clamps to the hilt) run under the grip binding or entering into the wooden core of the hilt (together with the tang and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Exclamation A lot of reasonable advice - we need...

A lot of reasonable advice - we need pics/close-ups though to fine-tune any recommendations!
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th February 2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By kai
Wink Along the center of the blade runs a kind of...

Along the center of the blade runs a kind of straight plateau; this is bordered by broad sides sloping towards the edge (i.e. the blade being hexagonal). The sides have been heavily grinded to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th February 2020, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Jaga, The really nice keris mentioned by...

Hello Jaga,

The really nice keris mentioned by David may well be the most important one in Japan. Iíd assume that the emperors must have received keris as gifts as well but donít know if any are on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 04:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By kai
Post Sorry for not getting back earlier! Did you...

Sorry for not getting back earlier!

Did you manage to remove hilt and clamps?

The dark edges are normal: The steel ďslorokĒ will react quite strongly with the vinegar.

Make sure not to overdo the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th February 2020, 03:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By kai
Unhappy Iím with Marco: Nice scabbard! The hilt most...

Iím with Marco: Nice scabbard!

The hilt most certainly is a non-traditional concoction. This should be easy to replace.

The blade deserves a thorough cleaning. It originally was a straight blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Xas, I haven't come across any additional...

Hello Xas,

I haven't come across any additional antique examples.

To put things into perspective for the other forumites, here some examples that appeared in earlier...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st February 2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 31,433
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Paul, Most of the carved elements are...

Hello Paul,

Most of the carved elements are lotus leaves rather than flowers (they are also the most striking part of the plant keeping itself clean from mud/dust with the help of bit of rain);...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st January 2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 606
Posted By kai
Post Hello Pieje, Congrats, this is a good tombak,...

Hello Pieje,

Congrats, this is a good tombak, most probably Jawa. Quite likely to be 19th c. or older - there seems to be quite a bit of loss due to erosion which is to be expected. Alan may be able...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,220
Posted By kai
Post Hello Albert, Thanks for the data/pics! That's...

Hello Albert,


Thanks for the data/pics!

That's a longer and wider blade than expected (by me); a bit on the thin side though. The blade might be laminated - difficult to verify due to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By kai
Question Thanks for the additional pics, folks! We have...

Thanks for the additional pics, folks!

We have to keep in mind that not everything coming out of Thailand (much less being displayed in a Thai museum) needs to be Thai from an ethnographic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By kai
Post Hello Charles, Sorry for being a bit unclear - I...

Hello Charles,

Sorry for being a bit unclear - I wasn't referring to the well-known Sulawesi dagger that pretty much got distributed all over the archipelago.

This type of blade (actually more akin...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2020, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Charles, Thanks for another oddity! I...

Hello Charles,

Thanks for another oddity!

I seem to remember several kampilan with pretty narrow exposed edges. Are you referring to inserted edges as apposed to a fully stacked construction (aka...
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