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Old 1st September 2014, 04:54 PM   #1
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I placed a bid on this non-eye catching kris last week on ebay. I thought it has potential....
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Old 1st September 2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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the blade came up decent.....
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Old 2nd September 2014, 07:31 AM   #3
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You were quite right about its potential - congratulations on a very nice blade.
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Old 2nd September 2014, 09:36 AM   #4
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Congratulations, a very rare Pamor combination - 4 twisted bars at base of the blade (in a form resembling Pamor Ujung Gunung) and the same Pamor Ujung Gunung done in a common way at the tip of the blade.

Unfortunately Greneng and Kembang Kacang areas are severely reshaped.

(Sorry for using javanese Keris terminology.)
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Old 2nd September 2014, 01:21 PM   #5
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Unfortunately Greneng and Kembang Kacang areas are severely reshaped. (Sorry for using javanese Keris terminology.)

I am not convinced of this. I have certainly seen similar greneng on Moro kris and all kinds of sized and shaped "elephant trunks".
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Wow, beautiful pattern and twistcore, can you show please the complete kris?

I also don't think that greneng and kembang kacang (katik) are reshaped, worn yes but doubt that this areas are reshaped.

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Old 2nd September 2014, 08:59 PM   #7
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Wow, beautiful pattern and twistcore, can you show please the complete kris?

I also don't think that greneng and kembang kacang (katik) are reshaped, worn yes but doubt that this areas are reshaped.

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Great and unusual catch!
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Old 3rd September 2014, 01:37 PM   #9
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The blade came up decent? That's an understatement! Gorgeous!
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Old 4th September 2014, 06:16 AM   #10
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Thank you very much! Now I know what I have missed because I don't bid!

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I also don't think that greneng and kembang kacang (katik) are reshaped, worn yes but doubt that this areas are reshaped.

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I agree completely.
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Old 27th December 2016, 05:20 PM   #12
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finally had time to fix up this kris. It has cracks and missing piece on the ivory but it adds character. thnks
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Old 27th December 2016, 07:04 PM   #13
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finally had time to fix up this kris.


Wow, great result! From where you get the handle and scabbard?

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Old 27th December 2016, 07:37 PM   #14
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My bad, I forgot to attach.
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Old 27th December 2016, 08:47 PM   #15
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Wow, great result! From where you get the handle and scabbard?

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The scabbard and the handle came together with a broken blade, luckily the clamp fits perfectly, so its just basically transferring the hardware to the new blade, with some grinding to the mouth of the scabbard. I got this at an antique store in Yuma, Arizona.
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Old 28th December 2016, 01:16 AM   #16
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Chris: Two great looking twist-cores. You did really good. I think both would go late 1800s to very early 1900s. Can't do much better than that. Haven't seen you since the Pasadena Knife Show. That was more than a few years ago................Dave.
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Old 28th December 2016, 02:13 AM   #17
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Hello Chris,

Congrats, great score! (No idea how I missed this thread...)

I'm not sure if I would have changed the hilt - I believe this kris originally had 2 clamps. The "new" hilt with silver braiding is very nice though!

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Old 28th December 2016, 03:08 AM   #18
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Very nice kris.

The blade looks Maranao in origin with an unusual laminated pattern. The replaced hilt looks more Sulu than Maranao, while the scabbard looks very new and also Sulu in style. The materials used for the scabbard are non-traditional in a number of ways, with the use of large headed nails and a rattan wrap that I have trouble placing.

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Old 28th December 2016, 05:43 AM   #19
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Hello Dave, long time no see and talk, I might drop by at the Pasadena knife show this year. I would like to show you a large twistcore kris that I acquired yrs back. Send my regards to Lonna.

Ian, I might be wrong but thru my years of collecting moro weapons and moro weapons only, I have seen several kinds of scabbards with small and large nails, and the used of rattan wraps but styles varies this style I've seen other wise I won't use. The scabbard came with large head nails not newly added but original to it. It doesn't look old now because I had them polished, I also had an old moro weapon plaque with same type of nails use. You can also search thru this forums archive you will see a few scabbards with the same features. The only unusual thing probably added was the braided rattan wraps and the red cloth.

Kai, you're right, there might had been a second clamp. I was planning to add two clamps but I still remember how costly this things are. The last two clamps I had custom made cost me half a grand.


Thanks for the compliment Sajen.
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Old 28th December 2016, 07:17 AM   #20
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The scabbard and the handle came together with a broken blade, luckily the clamp fits perfectly, so its just basically transferring the hardware to the new blade, with some grinding to the mouth of the scabbard. I got this at an antique store in Yuma, Arizona.


Hello Chris,

great luck! Agree with Ian that the scabbard look much younger as the handle, do you have reworked it?

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Old 28th December 2016, 03:44 PM   #21
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Hello Sajen, the scabbard and handle came together and are original it just look new now because I shaved off the patina by polished the wood and nails. I added the cloth and the rattan wrap later. Thanks for the comments and compliments. Cheers

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Old 29th December 2016, 12:08 AM   #22
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Can someone tell me which moro tribe this belongs to? based on the sheath and handle. thanks
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I have seen this before. According to the silver mounts, baka-baka, front "mouth" of the ganga, etc, I would place this as Maguindanao. I will admit the wranga does look a little Sulu.

Do you now own this?

And great work on the other kris - really brought out the pattern!
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Old 29th December 2016, 04:25 AM   #24
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[QUOTE=Battara]I have seen this before. According to the silver mounts, baka-baka, front "mouth" of the ganga, etc, I would place this as Maguindanao. I will admit the wranga does look a little Sulu.

Do you now own this?



Yes, I pick this up from ebay early this year. Thanks btw for clarifying the origin of this kris.
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Chris: Two great looking twist-cores. You did really good. I think both would go late 1800s to very early 1900s. Can't do much better than that. Haven't seen you since the Pasadena Knife Show. That was more than a few years ago................Dave.




Hey Dave, long time no see. I was going to see you guys at the Militaria antique show in Pomona at one time but I missed the opportunity. Hopefully this year I can drop by at the Pasadena knife show. Pls. bring your twistcore krises. ;o) Send my regards to Lonna.
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Old 29th December 2016, 04:40 AM   #26
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What is the material of the pommel on this one. The photos aren't very good, but it looks like fossilized elephant molar. Can we see some better shots of it?
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What is the material of the pommel on this one. The photos aren't very good, but it looks like fossilized elephant molar. Can we see some better shots of it?



Hi David, according to the restoration person that did the sealing as the pommel material was falling apart when I rec'd it, it is made from carved elephant tooth. I will take close up photos when I get home.
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Can someone tell me which moro tribe this belongs to? based on the sheath and handle. thanks
According to Cato, the sheath is Mindanao in origin, possibly Maranao. The hilt is harder to classify with its jute wrapping flanked by two encircling silver (?) sheet bands. There appears to be crenelation along the edge of the top band, a feature often found on Maranao hilts but by no means unique to that tribal group. The elephant tooth small kakatua pommel is unusual and not a characteristic finding for any of the major Moro groups.

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Rarely do I disagree with Jose, but on this occasion I think he is mistaken in his attribution of the blade to the Maguindanao, at least if we are to believe Cato's classification.

Attached is a scan of Cato's Figure 39-42,* which I have labeled A,B,C,D: A = Sulu kris; B = Maranao; C = Maguindanao; and D = a "crossover" form. A picture of your kris (attached) shows the "elephant trunk" area is most consistent with the Maranao example (B) shown by Cato.

To quote Cato (p. 68):
The type that is distinctly Maranao begins with an elongated trunk [I think the tip of your trunk may have broken off]. The mouth cavity, while still present, is quite narrow, and the lower jaw runs parallel to the guard. While the Sulu, Maguindanao and "crossover" forms of the elephant's head/trunk motif display concave cavities beneath the lower jaw, the Maranao configuration does not.
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*Cato, R. Moro Swords. Graham Brash: Singapore, 1996, pp. 68-69.
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Actually I was referring to the "tooth kris", the one with the fossil molar ivory.

On the one you are referencing, Ian, I agree.
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