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Old 2nd October 2023, 02:30 AM   #1
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Default My Newly Restored Moro Kris Swassa/Silver

Greetings again folks,

Here is a kris that was many years in the making.

First I got the blade from Spunger (salamat Ron). So I took rust off the blade and restored the silver inlays. Afterwards I etched the blade. In one of the pictures you can see almost a Tibetan hairpin turn lamination at the tip. The center of the blade has many laminations.

Second, I purchased a pommel from eBay in very bad shape. I restored it, but had to use an old Moro form of repair by covering over destroyed parts with swassa covered brass.

Third, the hilt also came a few years later from Spunger. I used the silver woven bands but I made the swassa on brass bands. The bands are in Maguindanao okir and based on those of my original hilt made of the same stuff (but this original kris was stolen years ago).

Finally I made the baka-baka clamp from silver.

Once a week I work on my own stuff. So enjoy!
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Old 2nd October 2023, 02:33 AM   #2
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Here are pictures of the blade.
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It looks amazing!
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Do you have any pictures of the components before restoration? I'm curious to see the difference.
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Stunning work, thank you for sharing!
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My jaw just dropped.

Excellent work.
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Old 2nd October 2023, 05:30 PM   #7
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Excellent work!

“I made the swassa on brass bands”, it’s gold plated?
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Thank you folks.

Werecow - Here are pictures of how I got the pieces (except the pommel).

You can see missing silver from empty grooves in the blade, and not much on the hilt except the woven silver bands. At the top of the hilt is a piece of kamagong/makassar ebony.
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Kumusta Albert!

Yes the okir bands are 14k rose gold filled (thicker than plating) bonded to brass beneath.
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Very nice!
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Old 3rd October 2023, 01:33 PM   #11
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Nicely done, congrats Jose! Can I assume that both crests of the ivory pommel are damaged?

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Old 4th October 2023, 02:00 AM   #12
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Hi Detlef - yes both beak and tail are damaged. So in accordance to Moro tradition, I covered the damage with gold plated metal with okir design.
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