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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2022, 10:42 PM
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Posted By kai
Question Thanks, Wayne! These look interesting, indeed. ...

Thanks, Wayne! These look interesting, indeed.

For any archipelago sword 40" total length and blades of about 35" are extremely long. Based on the blade shape alone, it certainly is not related to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2022, 07:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,437
Posted By kai
Question Thanks for the additional pics & info! ...

Thanks for the additional pics & info!

Close-ups of the base of the blade would be great, too!

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 682
Posted By kai
Smile Welcome to the forum, William! That's...

Welcome to the forum, William!


That's already a quite sizeable start with some interesting Sunda pieces, too!

Feel free to post any (possibly in the main ethno forum).

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By kai
Question Thanks for the pics! The sirah cecak is...

Thanks for the pics!

The sirah cecak is quite asymmetrical...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By kai
Yes, I noted that you did not suggest that. Just...

Yes, I noted that you did not suggest that. Just wanted to point out that the surface is not typical/traditional Bali either.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By kai
Did you ask what this suggestion was based on? ...

Did you ask what this suggestion was based on?

For the life of me, I can't see any of the typical megantoro features in this example! :o :confused: :eek:

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 07:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By kai
Post From the pic, the blade has been smoothened out a...

From the pic, the blade has been smoothened out a bit; it's not in full polish though. (E.g. it doesn't seem to have the fine polish one would expect of a quality blade from Bali in original...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By kai
Post I agree with David on the age of the blade -...

I agree with David on the age of the blade - maybe even a tad earlier.

This pommel type I usually associate with the upper Cota Bato area.

A nice quality piece - could you specify dimensions,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2022, 10:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Joe, Yes, definitely laminated...

Hello Joe,

Yes, definitely laminated considering the visible cold shuts and delamination.

Try the hot water or a passing, exploratory etch first. Before any real attempt for a permanent etch,...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th June 2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,294
Posted By kai
See, not all easy questions have been raised! ;) ...

See, not all easy questions have been raised! ;)


1. Go back to the post within the 24h limit for editing
2. Hit the "Manage attachment" button
3. Edit/delete attachments at whim
4. Save...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 7th May 2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,112
Posted By kai
With enough wear & tear, especially around the...

With enough wear & tear, especially around the pesi hole, they tend to break.

Then again, there are sellers who scrap, for example, a damaged scabbard because they feel they get a better price for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2022, 12:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,505
Posted By kai
Unhappy Hello Gunar, This piece very likely got...

Hello Gunar,

This piece very likely got crafted in Medan and thereabouts: Late colonial period or even later (pretty much all of 20th century even if I'd guess around WW2). I'm not convinced the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2022, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,511
Posted By kai
Yes, Sunda ;)

Yes, Sunda ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 11:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,776
Posted By kai
Wink Hello Ariel, These are almost always...

Hello Ariel,


These are almost always modern pieces; antique ones will usually result in fairly high bids.

Genuine antique examples come in a wide variety of quality; the high-end examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,776
Posted By kai
Post Tough to tell from the pics, David - you might be...

Tough to tell from the pics, David - you might be correct that this blade might have both sides convex: () or flat: \/ while a traditional mandau exhibits a convex+concave blade: )). (The former...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 11:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,977
Posted By kai
Post Hello David, The scabbard once had a horn...

Hello David,


The scabbard once had a horn (or, less likely, ivory) tip; if the crosspiece is separate (sharp pics would help), I'm willing to bet it and the hilt being horn. Old horn can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 22,075
Posted By kai
Wink Congrats, Detlef, another very good addition! ...

Congrats, Detlef, another very good addition!



Nah, 19th century for sure. Looks like the blade got badly grinded by someone not qualified to use any power tools (belt sander?).

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2022, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,331
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Thanks, Xas, that's great information! What are...

Thanks, Xas, that's great information! What are the other names - would be good to have them just in case they may happen to show up in any old literature!

Has the curator already published on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2022, 11:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,331
Posted By kai
Post Hello Albert, Given the geographic setting,...

Hello Albert,

Given the geographic setting, I wouldn't rule out a common ancestor for the glot and the pira. Still, quite different animals!



Yup, that's another nice one! Note that the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd April 2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,206
Posted By kai
Post Hello Paul, IMHO classic pipit teleng...

Hello Paul,


IMHO classic pipit teleng style.


It could well be Ketenga - looks like it (difficult if not impossible to determine from pics; most likely it will be regarded as Ketenga by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2022, 11:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,331
Posted By kai
Post How thick is the blade, Albert? A very good,...

How thick is the blade, Albert?

A very good, bent kampilan... ;) :p

IMHO it doesn't help trying to relate these unusual pieces to some of the more well-known styles. We know there have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2022, 09:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,450
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Detlef, There is a fairly early report...

Hello Detlef,

There is a fairly early report attributing this style of blades to the Badui:
Jacobs, J.K. 1891. De Badoej's. Int. Arch. Ethn., 4: 158-164
(The local name is given as gobang; the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2022, 10:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,301
Posted By kai
Hello Bob, You can find quite some...

Hello Bob,


You can find quite some examples posted in this forum.

They are neither terribly rare nor that common; ivory seems to have been the preferred material for high-end pommels.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2022, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,301
Posted By kai
Hello Rick, Lost wax casting is not unknown...

Hello Rick,

Lost wax casting is not unknown in the region. However, I have not seen any genuine Moro hilts crafted by silver casting: too heavy and precious.

All antique silver pommels seem to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2022, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,301
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Congrats, Ron!

Congrats, Ron!
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