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Old 23rd May 2007, 06:43 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

This really a modern keris. But I don't think not "a deconstructive concept" keris yet. This keris is especially designed by Gus Im (younger brother of former Presiden Abdurrahman Wahid) and or course, ornamented with "nose ring" and "tindhik" (gold pins in the blade) as if punk rocker, but made by Madurese keris maker. Many Gus Im's creation on keris, ultra modern. And with certain modern calculation, but also carefully calculate the past tradition during the making of the keris. Gus Im is a Kiai (cleric?) who like rock music, and modern science. Intelectual, but not a narrow-minded person. This keris was exhibited too in the Bentara Budaya Jakarta Keris Exhibition 2006...
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Old 23rd May 2007, 07:03 AM   #2
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Wow..nice combination idea. KRIS & ROCK. Two diffrent world live in peace
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Old 23rd May 2007, 08:09 AM   #3
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Eeee. I'll pass this blade.

Don't know about you guys but the carving on the hilt look neat. A close up picture of the hilt please.

Hmmm... Keris Rock... Chris Rock... Isn't that the US rock singer
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Old 23rd May 2007, 09:00 AM   #4
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Eeee. I'll pass this blade.

Don't know about you guys but the carving on the hilt look neat. A close up picture of the hilt please.

Hmmm... Keris Rock... Chris Rock... Isn't that the US rock singer


Yeeeaaah..

The hilt was especially designed for this keris too. The carving, and the "red" color. And even there is a one karat diamond above the nose ring. Really good diamond. I will close up the hilt, especially for you soon...
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Old 23rd May 2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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Also i like the hilt : half Solo half Madura style
about rock keris .......i prefer the sweet gamelan music
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Old 23rd May 2007, 09:51 PM   #6
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Eeee. I'll pass this blade.

Don't know about you guys but the carving on the hilt look neat. A close up picture of the hilt please.


Hi Newsteel,

This is the close up of the hilt you request... It was made only one piece, and specially designed by Gus Im. (He likes Bon Jovi and Axle Rose). Hope you'll enjoy this "rocker's hilt"...
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Old 23rd May 2007, 10:23 PM   #7
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Looks like a putri kinurung to me.
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Looks like a putri kinurung to me.
The outline does looks similar, but the carvings does not.
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Old 23rd May 2007, 11:38 PM   #9
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The ricikan at the back of the blade (below the 6 gold dots) looks more like a turtle beak. Just my imagination.
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Old 24th May 2007, 01:50 AM   #10
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Oh yes---you're right---I missed all that foliate carving.I'll try to remember to look at all the pics next time.
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I agree with Alan and Shahrial,
So? Maybe it is good to call this rocker's hilt as: "Madurese Putri Kinurung". Another angle from this rocker's keris in this following picture:
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I agree with Alan and Shahrial,
So? Maybe it is good to call this rocker's hilt as: "Madurese Putri Kinurung". Another angle from this rocker's keris in this following picture:
I wonder how the blade is sheathed? Won't the gold ring be an obstruction?
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Shahrial,
I took this pictures last year. And unfortunately, I forgot to take fotos of the sheath. If I'm not mistaken, the sheath is Solonese gayaman, iras (one piece of wood) and of "jati gembol" wood his favorite. Jati gembol, is the "sick" teak wood, so the grain of the wood is more illustrious. The sheath's hole is normal, maybe a little bit wider in the ring's part. Anyway, no problem with the sheath..
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Shahrial,
I took this pictures last year. And unfortunately, I forgot to take fotos of the sheath. If I'm not mistaken, the sheath is Solonese gayaman, iras (one piece of wood) and of "jati gembol" wood his favorite. Jati gembol, is the "sick" teak wood, so the grain of the wood is more illustrious. The sheath's hole is normal, maybe a little bit wider in the ring's part. Anyway, no problem with the sheath..
I see... probably a wider opening (cross-cut), to accomodate the ring. Thanks.

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Old 24th May 2007, 08:18 AM   #15
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Alam Shah, forgive me, but jati gembol, or burl teak is formed the same as any other burl in wood.

It is a growth that is caused by the cells in the wood dividing and growing too much, a bit like cancer in a human being.

The things that can cause this are a branch that did not grow properly, or an infection, or an injury.

If you take material from around the roots, you can sometimes get a burl-like effect, and sometimes also find material with high chatoyancy, but the material from the butt of a tree is not burl.For instance, with akasia, the wood from around the root is usually the most highly chatoyant, but it is not burl.

Any burl can be beautiful, but probably the pick of all burl timber is thuya burl which comes from north Africa and Morocco.

The major problem with jati gembol as a wrongko wood is that it is very inclined to move---it is very unstable. You can make , say, a sandang walikat terusan from it in the wet season, and come dry season you may not be able to get the blade into it. Similar things can happen when you bring a wrongko from jati gembol to Australia, and then send it to, say, Arizona. In a super dry climate those beautiful grains can open right up. Curing is not the answer, and it does not happen with all pieces of this material, but it does happen often enough to cause some problems.
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... The major problem with jati gembol as a wrongko wood is that it is very inclined to move---it is very unstable. You can make , say, a sandang walikat terusan from it in the wet season, and come dry season you may not be able to get the blade into it. Similar things can happen when you bring a wrongko from jati gembol to Australia, and then send it to, say, Arizona. In a super dry climate those beautiful grains can open right up.
I agree, I've got a few pieces which came back from Europe and other places which have 4 seasons, and I've seen it taking its toll on the wood. A few weeks of tender loving care could fix this. If it still cannot, off it goes to a tukang (craftsman) for corrective works.

Oppss! My mis understanding. Thanks for the update.
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