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Old 22nd August 2020, 02:40 AM   #6
Gavin Nugent
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Alan,

Images as request, I hope they suffice.

In answer to your questions;

I am unsure if the blade is laminated.
At first I suspected it was cast steel, not forged. Then, under magnification there are misleading longitudinal lines that have me at somewhat of an "oh maybe it is forged"?
I feel only a thorough clean would reveal the true nature.
Further to this, the pitting seen within the "patina" seems to me more of a result of casting than natural wear or ritual cleaning... but saying that, incorrect storage does strange things as does the vast varieties of metals, metal mixtures and complexities of Keris manufacture, I just don't know...

The gonjo is definitely integral.

I've done the best I can for now with revealing detail on the Singa.

Gavin
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