Join Date: May 2006
By feel, I mean touching the blade with your fingers.
Some pamors have a greasy feel, others have a very slightly prickly feel, with others you can feel the topography --- they all feel different, so you combine how it looks with how it feels. But it can still be extremely difficult to be sure about pamor material.
There is really only one way to learn keris, and that is to have somebody with immense knowledge and patience, together with adequate physical examples, teach you. This is simply not available to everybody, so the knowledge we gain then needs to be of a different type, and that is gained by intelligent collection and personal study over an extended period of time.
Probably the most important thing for anybody to learn is how to identify quality in a keris, and you do not really need to be able to play the tangguh game to do that.
On "non standard ways", Ill see if I can post a couple of pics that may clarify, within a day or so.
In the mean time, you may care to have a look at the old "good keris" thread in the archives of this Forum.