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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 03:05 AM
Replies: 27
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Posted By kai
Post Hello David, Yes, I was referring to the...

Hello David,


Yes, I was referring to the traditional mixture of arsenic with lime juice. And, for brevity, I wasn't differentiating between etching and staining.

Any etching/staining result...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 02:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Hello Julien, Yes, any difference in...

Hello Julien,


Yes, any difference in final composition (steel alloy, heat treatments, etc.) will show up by etching/staining.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Rick, From the pamor extending...

Hello Rick,


From the pamor extending across the line, it seems safe to assume that we don't see any differences on a macroscopical level here. Thus, I don't think x-ray will be of any help here....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2022, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By kai
Smile Thanks, Pathos! Yup, I'm sticking with my...

Thanks, Pathos!

Yup, I'm sticking with my estimate.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2022, 01:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Post Hello Xas, I'm not a big fan of ferric...

Hello Xas,


I'm not a big fan of ferric chloride - etching with it tends to be quite brutal to the surface and it's acting so fast that fine structures tend to be missed.

If you intend to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Red face Hello Julien, Not that I can remember,...

Hello Julien,


Not that I can remember, not that crisp and all over the blade, i believe.

And regarding the dating: As said, it's more of a hunch and needs serious research.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Post While I agree with Julien and other contributors...

While I agree with Julien and other contributors that this blade certainly ticks at least some boxes regarding assignment as an archaic blade, I believe this might be a really well-crafted example...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 720
Posted By kai
Post Thanks for the additional pics, Xas! I'd bet...

Thanks for the additional pics, Xas!

I'd bet on it being a quenching line: It's (unusually) sharp towards the thinner edges while it get's a bit blurry in the thicker middle section. This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 684
Posted By kai
Clearly an elk.

Clearly an elk.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,052
Posted By kai
Lightbulb I fully agree, Julien! Sharp and well-lit...

I fully agree, Julien! Sharp and well-lit close-ups would be great.

Actually, Jose's piece seems to exhibit enough activity making it a candidate for possibly being laminated...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 506
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Jeff, I believe there is a good chance...

Hello Jeff,

I believe there is a good chance that your kris has a separate gangya/katik!

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2022, 02:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By kai
Smile Welcome to the forum, Pathos! This type of...

Welcome to the forum, Pathos!

This type of sewar is from the West coast of Sumatra. This piece does not seem to originate from Aceh - it should be Minang Kabau. A commoner's piece.

Regarding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2022, 02:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,052
Posted By kai
Post Hello Xas, Yes, if a sword would be fully...

Hello Xas,


Yes, if a sword would be fully made from these common sources of modern steel with limited forging, the resulting blades would be monosteel. 1084 steel is an especially good choice in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2022, 02:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,052
Posted By kai
Post Hello Xas, Yes, I should have added...

Hello Xas,

Yes, I should have added "homogeneous" to my quick & dirty attempt above at defining monosteel: A single layer of homogeneous steel is pretty much only possible with modern production...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2022, 01:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,052
Posted By kai
Post Dear all, None of the pieces shown in this...

Dear all,

None of the pieces shown in this thread so far is in well enough polish (and etch/stain) to really prove them actually being monosteel if defined as modern homogeneous steel from highly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2022, 02:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,052
Posted By kai
Post I agree with Jose that the blade and scabbard are...

I agree with Jose that the blade and scabbard are Maguindanao.

Blade looks turn of the century to early 20th c. to me (a close-up of the base of the blade taken exactly vertical from the plane of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By kai
Smile I guess Jose is referring to the shiny bands next...

I guess Jose is referring to the shiny bands next to the ivory grip.

They do look intentional to me though. Maybe some low-carat gold alloy?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2022, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 922
Posted By kai
Post The big one certainly is a bummer, Charles! ...

The big one certainly is a bummer, Charles!

The hilt strikes me as typical Tausug (I guess this style may be also found outside of the core area inhabited if only for travel/expat...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 15th August 2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By kai
Question Hello Alan, What is the reason for the...

Hello Alan,


What is the reason for the use of more than a single language level for use with such (semi-)official dhapur designations from any given keraton?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 15th August 2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,162
Posted By kai
Wink This blade would certainly work as kebo lajer luk...

This blade would certainly work as kebo lajer luk 7.

If I remember the gist of an earlier thread correctly, luk could be added to some (even all?) straight dhapur and designated a s such. (If...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2022, 10:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,456
Posted By kai
I'd second that motion, Rob: Congrats, very nice...

I'd second that motion, Rob: Congrats, very nice piece! Let me know in case you dare to let it pass in many moons... ;) :D

I could certainly live without the cord wrap which definitely is a later...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By kai
Post I plan to look into this when my stocks deplete...

Another quote from Alan on the synthetic sandalwood oils he has been using: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=122303&postcount=21
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By kai
Some more threads to check out: ...

Some more threads to check out:
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=5041
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=5570
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=6067...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Here's Alan's recipe:...

Here's Alan's recipe: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=50833&postcount=8


From keris I received from him, I guess that Alan's sandalwood oil is the diluted version; with my mix, I'm...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,227
Posted By kai
Post I'm with YS: Start with good quality sandalwood...

I'm with YS: Start with good quality sandalwood essential oil and some drops get you a long way.

Note that most commercial sandalwood oils are already heavily diluted with any kind of base oil...
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