Join Date: May 2006
Getting hold of lab. quality arsenic trioxide is not easy. A way around arsenic trioxide can be found by using realgar, but there is no consistency in realgar and you could buy and try a number of lots of realgar and still not get a satisfactory result.
Learning a correct process can be learnt by anybody with patience.
Knowing what the item should look like when finished probably takes around 5 to 10 years of daily exposure to pamor blades to learn.
To go to the trouble of learning how to get even a passable result for one pedang blade is in my opinion pretty much a waste of time. On the other hand, if your collecting interests are pointing in the direction of S.E. Asia and pamor blades, it could be time well spent.