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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 7th May 2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
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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: 909
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: 924
Posted By kai
Yes, Sunda ;)

Yes, Sunda ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 11:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
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: 1,274
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: 1,112
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: 20,801
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: 13
Views: 1,742
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: 13
Views: 1,742
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: 930
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: 13
Views: 1,742
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: 12,947
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: 1,838
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: 1,838
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: 1,838
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Congrats, Ron!

Congrats, Ron!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,615
Posted By kai
Pretty much grinding steps B or C:

Pretty much grinding steps B or C:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,615
Posted By kai
Post Congrats, interesting Sulu blade and I especially...

Congrats, interesting Sulu blade and I especially like the hilt, too!

I'd posit that this is a twistcore blade (i.e. torsion pattern welding) that has been flattened out to cover the actual steel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,282
Posted By kai
Question Hello David, A really good one, again! ...

Hello David,

A really good one, again!

What are the metal bands and the bindings made from?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,272
Posted By kai
A quite recent talibon from the central...

A quite recent talibon from the central Philippines.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2022, 06:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,712
Posted By kai
Thanks! The second snake does not seem to bite...

Thanks! The second snake does not seem to bite snake #1 - is that a (human?) leg dangling from the mouth of snake #2?

Please show this hilt from all angles including a top view!

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 11:59 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,420
Posted By kai
Post Hello David, As mentioned, this is believed...

Hello David,

As mentioned, this is believed to have evolved from the stylised figural hilts.

I believe the notion got stuck from old western keris literature speculating on a possible...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,420
Posted By kai
Hello Ian, Thanks for your clarification...

Hello Ian,


Thanks for your clarification - I was already wondering whether you had mixed things up... ;)

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,420
Posted By kai
Wink Hello SS, Albert's blade is made from a...

Hello SS,


Albert's blade is made from a copper alloy - so no pattern welding to be expected.

It also seems to be quite a bit younger, possibly with a recycled hilt/pommel. From the design,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,712
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Wow, another great find - congrats! The...

Wow, another great find - congrats!

The pommel seems to have more going on - could you please post more close-ups of the hilt?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,175
Posted By kai
BTW, the arrow tip looks quite good - some more...

BTW, the arrow tip looks quite good - some more pics might help to establish its origin.
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