Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Greenville, NC
Here is the originally discussed kriss restored. The missing bone has been replaced, the blade cleaned and lightly etched, and the hilt fittings restored to their original luster.
The silver baca-baca have a lot of pinkish tint to them as does the top grip mount, and while it would be tempting to think they were swassa, I am convinced that they are a poor copper-silver alloy.
The grip fittings are not as well executed as they could be...not as crisp and precise. The blade is quite lovely etched. Based on the original pics I was expecting more pitting, but there was little or none.
The ganja is a classic Moro super tight fit but is separate from the blade.
I agree with the opinions that this is an early 20th-century piece....let's say before 1930.