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Old 31st August 2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Hello everybody,
My name is Adrian and Iím a new member. A little bit about myself; Iím a Visual Artist, I grew up in Transylvania and I now live in Canada. Iíve been interested in swords since childhood. Some of the most fun Iíve had was when I spent my days near old medieval fortifications in my Grandparents place in Sighisioara. My interest is in Asian blades, especially folded steel/ Damascus & clay tempered and I have a small collection.
I recently purchased a Keris, as part of a lot of three daggers (including a Badik and Jambiya Koumaya) and I need a little bit help figuring out more info about this Indonesian blade.
Hereís a few details about my Keris: three Luks, without visible Pamor, consistently golden plated blade (doesnít look like the electrolytic technique, the surface is not the same thickness), Dapur Naga, removable Ganja, hand welded wire decorations on Mendak / Selut; hilt and sheath are fine bone crafted with consistent signs of wearing in a traditional way.
Also this Kris is very well balanced and could easily stand up on its tip for days (in a stable environment I managed to have it vertical for four days straight, until I touched it by mistake)
Considering the Hilt only, my best guess is that itís from Sumatra and from the blade Iíd say BaliÖ
Is it possible to get some help in finding out more about my Keris, in respect to if it is a decent piece or touristic trade stuff, etc.
Thank in advance,
Adrian
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Old 1st September 2013, 03:41 AM   #2
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A photo might help us a bit Adrian.
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Old 1st September 2013, 04:40 AM   #3
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A photo might help us a bit Adrian.

Thanks!
My posting was incomplete (without pictures) and I fixed the problem.
Please take a look to my pictures.
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Old 1st September 2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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It should represent a Sumatra keris. Unfortunately for you made for those who travel.
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Old 1st September 2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum!

The keris you have shown is very recent maybe from Madura manufacture, sorry!

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Old 1st September 2013, 01:36 PM   #6
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Welcome Adrian. I am afraid the news is not good on this particular keris as i must agree with Detlef and Henk. This is an item made for the export or tourist market. The probable origin is Madura where a lot of these are made. Sorry.
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Old 1st September 2013, 02:15 PM   #7
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Thank you all for info.
I had my doubts from the beginning, considering the blade without Pamor, but the situation is now clear... I invested only $20
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Old 4th September 2013, 01:24 AM   #8
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I had my doubts from the beginning, considering the blade without Pamor, but the situation is now clear... I invested only $20
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Just for the record and your further understanding there are many fine keris blades that show no pamor so this is not necessarily a telltale of a fake or repro blade. In Jawa these are referred to as keris kelengan. Many blades that come from the peninsula are also pamorless.
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