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Old 6th May 2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Okay, so a couple of days ago I saw this weird keris - the price was low, it looked sort of odd, I had no idea about that pamour (tourist stuff?) - but I said, "What the heck?" and bid $15.

Well it's mine now. Anybody want to tell me what the heck it is?

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Old 6th May 2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Puuh, badly tourist Bali keris! The pamor isn't real but etched or painted. Sorry for the bad news!

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Puuh, badly tourist Bali keris! The pamor isn't real but etched or painted. Sorry for the bad news!

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Not bad news - in fact, that's what I thought. For that amount of money, I don't care...
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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Yep, this is not really deserving of the name keris since it is not produced with any traditional methods. We sometimes say keris-like object (KLO).
Frankly i have often thought it might be fun to have one of these in the collection just for fun. That is probably about all i would be will to pay for it so i hope he doesn't want much for the shipping.
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:19 AM   #5
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Yep, this is not really deserving of the name keris since it is not produced with any traditional methods. We sometimes say keris-like object (KLO).
Frankly i have often thought it might be fun to have one of these in the collection just for fun. That is probably about all i would be will to pay for it so i hope he doesn't want much for the shipping.


I didn't bid to win, so it's a lark - I've wasted more money on worse junk!

Yeah, it'll be fun to play with.
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:57 AM   #6
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I've seen these described as "dance krises", for dance performers to wear/wield, rather than tourist KLOs. Is there truth to this?

I bought a cheap one once, to put up on my office wall, free from objections about having weapons in one's office. (Also a nice wooden-bladed parang.) Still need to drill some holes. I had enough of drilling after putting up my bow rack, so haven't done it yet!
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Old 7th May 2012, 04:23 AM   #7
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No Timo, I wouldn't call these "dance" keris. I do have an unsubstantiated theory that this form of dress may have developed out of a form specific to dance keris. Though the blades in those sheaths are simple they are genuinely forged blades.
Here's some old photos of dance keris in action. I believe all the keris you see in these photos are legitimate keris.
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