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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 07:59 PM
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Posted By kai
Wink Just to state the obvious: This is a really late...

Just to state the obvious: This is a really late (maybe even post-colonial) example and, despite the effort put into the silverwork, the craftsmanship does not compare well to the old style pieces.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By kai
Red face Hello Ken, Don't hold your breath for this...

Hello Ken,

Don't hold your breath for this keris: It's a so-called keris batik with the lines done by drawing them in wax onto the blade and then doing an etch. Not the worst one I've seen of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,259
Posted By kai
Post Hello Ed, Sorry for my probing - just trying...

Hello Ed,

Sorry for my probing - just trying to document observations as much as possible for further research.



Sure, dipping the blade into the water is the crucial quenching step.

Any...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th November 2022, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By kai
I'm with David and also believe the blade to be...

I'm with David and also believe the blade to be proper in a Bali context; also recycling of fittings is not unusual, indeed.

From what I can glean from the pics, also the pamor seems to fit with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,259
Posted By kai
Post Hello Ed, Allow me to go back to your...

Hello Ed,

Allow me to go back to your observation:

Could you please describe in more detail what the process was exactly?

Certainly quenching is generally done with steel even if there are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2022, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 698
Posted By kai
Hello Ariel, During the early years of...

Hello Ariel,


During the early years of the US involvement, the .45 was not standard issue and would need to have been private purchase.

Damage more likely to be from a rifle. Even more so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2022, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By kai
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=272...

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=27256



http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=14878
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2022, 07:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 987
Posted By kai
Smile Hello Nihl, Thanks for chiming in! ...

Hello Nihl,

Thanks for chiming in!


Just a minor comment: This piece is all steel (blade, heavy langets, guard) except for the pommel cap (probably replacing a former cup?) and tiny bits of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2022, 10:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 645
Posted By kai
Hello David, There are similarities but also...

Hello David,

There are similarities but also unusual elements which might point to either Islamic influences or possibly even other islands. I can't really place this carving style with any...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th November 2022, 02:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Hello Gustav, Thanks for your insightful...

Hello Gustav,

Thanks for your insightful postings!


It's pretty clear that keris like these would be referred to as Mojo.

As you already inferred, it's obvious that quite a few of these...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th November 2022, 02:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By kai
Lightbulb Hello Alan, Just for your peace of mind:...

Hello Alan,


Just for your peace of mind: You did post pics & close-ups of this statue here a while back.

We did discuss the broken edge of the blade back then. I did not made the connection...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd November 2022, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By kai
Exclamation Apologies Sid, I have to insist: Please describe...

Apologies Sid, I have to insist: Please describe exactly what you do! (Including any preparatory steps and ingredients utilized.)

There is just too much which can go wrong for us to guess. As you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,472
Posted By kai
Never trust any museum attribution at face value!...

Never trust any museum attribution at face value!

What you're looking for is acquisition date (and possibly any earlier documented provenance). Even this needs to be checked since mix-ups do...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By kai
Question Please describe exactly what you do including any...

Please describe exactly what you do including any preparatory steps - otherwise it's next to impossible to comment!

Having said that, I guess you're utilizing realgar since you mention traditional...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2022, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 972
Posted By kai
Good examples, David! Function would be...

Good examples, David!


Function would be to protect the wooden end from mechanical damage as well as from excessive moisture when placed onto the ground.

Horn is tough and can be readily...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2022, 10:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,862
Posted By kai
Thanks, Rob! Clearly not Visayan IMHO. ...

Thanks, Rob!

Clearly not Visayan IMHO.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,862
Posted By kai
Wink If Rob were to post a pic of the backside, the...

If Rob were to post a pic of the backside, the construction differences to the Visayan scabbards would become more obvious, I guess.

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,862
Posted By kai
Post #7, Ian?

Post #7, Ian?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By kai
Well, the side shown doesn't show any sign of a...

Well, the side shown doesn't show any sign of a bevel and the etched surface may still be slightly concave from what I seem to fathom. While this is not final proof, I'm pretty convinced that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2022, 12:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,862
Posted By kai
There certainly are some rarer blade styles in...

There certainly are some rarer blade styles in Nepal and surroundings. Especially examples of lesser age may be tough to attribute to specific countries/areas though.

Here an example with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2022, 12:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By kai
Unhappy Hello Jef, It's most likely just...

Hello Jef,


It's most likely just gibberish supposed to be looking remotely similar to Arabic scripture.

Unfortunately, this kind of "embellishment" was quite common practise of unscrupulous...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2022, 12:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By kai
Post Hello David, I believe the whole piece is...

Hello David,


I believe the whole piece is genuine with only the hornbill feather (and orange slip) being added later.



We need a pic of the right side of the blade to verify. However, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,288
Posted By kai
Thumbs up A superb example - congrats, Stefan! Do I...

A superb example - congrats, Stefan!

Do I assume correctly that all gold work (on hilt & blade) is koftgari rather than inlay?

Looking forward to learning any insight from the inscriptions! (A...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2022, 01:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,218
Posted By kai
Post Welcome to the forum, Jef! This piece looks...

Welcome to the forum, Jef!

This piece looks real to me. Some more pics would be good!

However, as you already noted, the blade looks off: My current guess would be that this was a genuine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2022, 02:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,050
Posted By kai
Smile Thanks, Severin! Dimensions always helps for...

Thanks, Severin!

Dimensions always helps for putting things into perspective. It certainly is a fine piece!

Regards,
Kai
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