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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:12 PM
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Posted By David
I have always been a bit confused why the Dutch...

I have always been a bit confused why the Dutch chose to call these swords "Klewang". Obviously the word is original to the Indonesian weapons which really are a very different blade form, though i...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 10th August 2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By David
Thanks Milandro. Yes, i have certainly come...

Thanks Milandro. Yes, i have certainly come across this gentleman's videos before. Some may likely have been posted here before.
As you have stated, i am also unsure of what his credentials are...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 9th August 2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By David
It's a beautiful hilt! The dark markings are what...

It's a beautiful hilt! The dark markings are what make me think it might be whale bone. See this Maori whale bone wahaika for comparison.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 9th August 2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By David
Thanks Marco. Perhaps a wink would have help me...

Thanks Marco. Perhaps a wink would have help me understand you were joking. ;)
Is that first hilt you posted whale bone?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 02:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By David
But why do you identify the hilts you posted as...

But why do you identify the hilts you posted as "two fantasies" then?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
Well, the most obvious difference between...

Well, the most obvious difference between Balinese and Javanese cultures is that Java has been under the influence of Islam since the fall of the Mojopahit while Bali is mostly Hindu. In many ways...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th August 2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By David
Hey folks. Sorry, but i need to remind everyone...

Hey folks. Sorry, but i need to remind everyone for this discussion that commercial posts are not permitted. That means links to sales site. While i do understand that everyone is looking for...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 7th August 2022, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By David
Still not seeing the "fantasy". ;)

Still not seeing the "fantasy". ;)
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th August 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By David
It would be helpful to see the others besides the...

It would be helpful to see the others besides the naga form from a side angle as well. ;)
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd August 2022, 08:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
I thought i would at least get the ball rolling...

I thought i would at least get the ball rolling on "isi". As i understand it, this word has the meaning of "contents" in Bahasa Indonesian and in Javanese i found the definition as "filling". These...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd August 2022, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By David
If you want to hear it thrice, yes again to...

If you want to hear it thrice, yes again to Jean's assessment.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,235
Posted By David
Never saw anything like these and i can't find...

Never saw anything like these and i can't find anything like it in searches, though i can find more standard versions of brass knuckles from the Philippines.
So i can't tell if these are actually a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 28th July 2022, 04:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
In this case every Javanese to English online...

In this case every Javanese to English online dictionary also seems to translate "tuah" as "luck", though i must say that i never quite trust these source (and strangely STILL have not obtained a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 28th July 2022, 04:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,325
Posted By David
While i realize that you never stated that you...

While i realize that you never stated that you thought it was Balinese and understand now that you don't believe it is, when you make a post saying that local keris people didn't think it was...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 07:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,325
Posted By David
Well, it does not appear to be Balinese to my...

Well, it does not appear to be Balinese to my eyes.
It should be noted that the practice of polishing blades to a smooth finish was once the case in Jawa as well as Bali.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,018
Posted By David
If you have been following Alan Maisey's thread...

If you have been following Alan Maisey's thread "Things we cannot see" you may already understand that i do not dismiss such occurrences regarding the powers of the keris at all. This might be a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,325
Posted By David
In one sense, yes it does, but full dress really...

In one sense, yes it does, but full dress really only tells us (perhaps) where the keris was dressed, not the origin of the blade itself.
I agree with Jag that this seems Javanese in origin, though...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
That is a very good question and i am not really...

That is a very good question and i am not really sure how well we can really sort that out, though i am certainly open to the attempt. Certainly it does seem that their is quite a lot of mystical...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th July 2022, 03:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
One of the big differences to be found between...

One of the big differences to be found between Christianity and Eastern religions is the rigid dichotomy that is found in the former. God (as it is understood) is good and Satan is evil. So all...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th July 2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
Interesting conversations so far. At this...

Interesting conversations so far.
At this point i would just like to interject that the concept of the seen and unseen worlds is not isolated to a relatively small area in South East Asia. It is a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 23rd July 2022, 02:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,173
Posted By David
I would just like to second this idea. I must say...

I would just like to second this idea. I must say that it the past it has often seemed that these aspects of the keris were something that many collectors, especially Western collectors, either had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,193
Posted By David
That dating seems generous Josť. With pointy luks...

That dating seems generous Josť. With pointy luks like that this seems more likely to be at least post 1960s.
I agree with others that this seems to be fairly well made. It is most probably mono...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 21st July 2022, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,069
Posted By David
Jambi is a province in Sumatra.

Jambi is a province in Sumatra.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 9th July 2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 965
Posted By David
A nice keris pedang. This sheath is a new one on...

A nice keris pedang. This sheath is a new one on me for Bali sarong. Do you know any more about it?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,069
Posted By David
Gustav, does to appear to you as if the surface...

Gustav, does to appear to you as if the surface of these blades have been polished down somewhat? I would expect to see a more topographical surface on old Bugis blades like these.
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