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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 37
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Posted By RSWORD
The primary reason you see a scarf weld that is...

The primary reason you see a scarf weld that is done towards the handle is due to the difficulty of forging wootz at the longer lengths. To draw out a long blade requires immense skill. You also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,100
Posted By RSWORD
I have seen many katar with scarf welded...

I have seen many katar with scarf welded homogeneous steel tips that were heat treated. In those cases it added strength to this area. Haven't seen this on tulwar which makes this one likely a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 923
Posted By RSWORD
And don't forget the 4th one at the top of the...

And don't forget the 4th one at the top of the hand guard.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2015, 01:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 762
Posted By RSWORD
The blade is of laminated steel with some...

The blade is of laminated steel with some impressive heat treatment "clouds". The first picture shows the blade in the best light. The other pictures seem to be photoshopped or taken under different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By RSWORD
Some additional items that were stolen.

Some additional items that were stolen.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By RSWORD
New Stolen Weapons Alert

Our good friend, Erik Farrow, proprietor of Eriks Edges and Farrows Fine Art had a robbery recently. Erik has asked me to post a few pictures. The thief targeted weapons with silver, picked up...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd November 2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Talking Thanks very much for the feedback and discussions...

Thanks very much for the feedback and discussions so far.

An opinion without a solid stream of reasoning is useless? Depends on the context. If you are an appraiser you can't do that. You must...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2015, 03:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Alan, Thanks for the thoughts. For the 2 that...

Alan,

Thanks for the thoughts. For the 2 that could be earlier and the one that could be very old are there additional pictures or information I can provide to help?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
This is intended to be fun and share our guesses...

This is intended to be fun and share our guesses as to age. Again, caveat that this is being done from pictures on a computer screen so I won't hold anyone to it. Curious if folks agree or disagree...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Keris #5 has a fairly bold "chicken...

Keris #5 has a fairly bold "chicken feather" pamor. It seems a lot of this style of pamor are contemporary. This one seems different because the feathered pattern is captured between the edge...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Keris #4 seems a fairly ordinary blade. Not thin...

Keris #4 seems a fairly ordinary blade. Not thin nor robust it sits in the middle from a heft perspective. Longitudinal pamor might grade up if it was in stain but as is seems fairly ordinary. I'm...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Keris #3 has a fairly thin blade. Seems to have...

Keris #3 has a fairly thin blade. Seems to have been through a number of ritual washings in its life. Nice pattern with floating islands of silver pamor. I suspect this one is sneaky old. My...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
Blade #2 is a robust stout blade. It is a fairly...

Blade #2 is a robust stout blade. It is a fairly recent addition so my apologies for it not being properly cleaned and oiled. Will get to that. My guess is that this one is 19th century.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
So if I go left to right this first one has a...

So if I go left to right this first one has a very robust blade, very thick ganja and seems quite old to me. I would guess 17/18th century for the blade. I understand all,opinions are taken from...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 31st October 2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By RSWORD
The Javanese blade age guessing game

It has been a little quiet on the forum and we did this once before and it seemed fun and informative. I am posting pictures of 5 Javanese blades and am curious as to thoughts about age. I'll post...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By RSWORD
The reason I asked the question was to see the...

The reason I asked the question was to see the patina on the wood core, if there was a core, to help determine age. The wood looks fairly new. Take a smell of it. Does it smell like freshly cut...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By RSWORD
Do the scabbards have a wooden core or are they...

Do the scabbards have a wooden core or are they hollow? If they do have a wooden core would you mind taking a picture of it.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 6th October 2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By RSWORD
Thank you for the references and identification...

Thank you for the references and identification of the script. I had suspected the paintings were fairly recent. Strictly judging from the wear patterns from the cloth being folded along with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th October 2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By RSWORD
That was a typo on my part. 50" long. Do...

That was a typo on my part. 50" long. Do you know what type of script is used on the 2 examples that are signed?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th October 2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By RSWORD
They vary in size but on average they are 50'...

They vary in size but on average they are 50' long and 31" wide. In researching these I ran across the possibility of wayang beber but I couldn't find much information about them particularly many...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd October 2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 207
Posted By RSWORD
Wayang painting #3

Final painting. Thanks in advance for any information provided.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd October 2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 210
Posted By RSWORD
Wayang painting #2

Same questions as posted in first Wayang picture
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd October 2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By RSWORD
Wayang painting

Looking to learn a bit more about these Wayang paintings. Vibrant colors on cloth. They all seem to show good age but how much exactly? Two have inscriptions. What kind of script is it? What was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,245
Posted By RSWORD
Nice sword. The blade would benefit from a light...

Nice sword. The blade would benefit from a light etch because I am pretty sure I am seeing signs of twistcore in the center panel. Dave, have a good close look at that center section in good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 963
Posted By RSWORD
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
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