Pak Boedhi and Pak Marto, I totally agree with John. Both of you are offering us, Westerners, an insight in the study of 'keris' which comes from the people who cherished (and still cherish) these weapons.
Thanks for showing us master pieces from renowned empus. Most of our pieces are of far lesser quality and by unknown empus, I am afraid. Nevertheless, I think it's important that keris enthousiasts, as myself, care for their kerises. For us, perhaps they can become 'pusakas'. Who knows, perhaps at one time I will give one of my better kerises to my son ? Isn't this the first step to becoming a family heirloom ?
I appreciate your contributions to the forum and I am eager to read some more.