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Old 27th August 2019, 03:28 AM   #7
A. G. Maisey
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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.
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