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Old 18th June 2019, 01:29 AM   #1
Anthony G.
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Default scratches on antique keris bilah

If your antique keris bilah has scratches where you can see the shiny part of the metal and which is an eyesore, does a new warangan able to covers it off/away? Or should I just leave it be? What is your view?
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Old 18th June 2019, 02:56 AM   #2
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It depends Anthony.

Personally, I leave older blades alone as much as possible, a scratch here & there, a little bit of stain missing, in my opinion it is completely immaterial, its old, it does not need to be perfect, it is not on display. I accept a little bit of imperfection as normal. Every time you clean and stain you erode the blade just a little bit more. Perfection is not normal, not required in older blades.
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Old 18th June 2019, 03:44 AM   #3
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It depends Anthony.

Personally, I leave older blades alone as much as possible, a scratch here & there, a little bit of stain missing, in my opinion it is completely immaterial, its old, it does not need to be perfect, it is not on display. I accept a little bit of imperfection as normal. Every time you clean and stain you erode the blade just a little bit more. Perfection is not normal, not required in older blades.


I believed you are right, I suppose I will have to just leave it be. The bilah was scratched by the warangka craftsman when he is making the scabbard for the bilah. Sigh, he is careless and inconsiderate.
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Old 21st June 2019, 03:05 PM   #4
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Old 10th July 2019, 08:25 PM   #5
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Hmm...

I see what you mean.

If it were my blade, I would try to apply very mild etchant stricty on the scratches...
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