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Old 4th February 2023, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default My first keris (circa 1992)

This is the first keris that I owned. I acquired it in Jakarta in the early 1990s. The blade seemed "old" and someone had thought enough of it to give it a nice, perfectly fitting sheath wrapped in brass with some lightly engraved designs. It was also beautifully perfumed. It spoke to me at the time. The blade is slim, very thin, and flexible. To my untrained eye it seems that it has been etched heavily over its life, and a small section of one edge has broken away (see pictures attached). I'd like to think it has some significant age. It still talks to me like an old friend, and I think it's rather beautiful despite it being a bit of an ugly duckling.


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Old 4th February 2023, 06:16 PM   #2
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Hello Ian,

It does look like an old survivor, indeed.

Decent age supported by the old-style tikel alis IMHO.

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Old 5th February 2023, 11:54 AM   #3
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Hi Ian,

I think there is a possibility that this keris used to be a straight Tuban keris, but luks are probably added later by grinding or reshaping the blade. Perhaps Alan can comment further on this for us to be sure.
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Old 5th February 2023, 09:13 PM   #4
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Hi Ian,

I think there is a possibility that this keris used to be a straight Tuban keris, but luks are probably added later by grinding or reshaping the blade. Perhaps Alan can comment further on this for us to be sure.
I can't say i see evidence this blade was once straight. The pamor seems to bend along gently with the curves of the blade.
I do wonder is the gonjo might be a replacement (not recently mind you, but some time ago). It does not seem to show the same wear, colour or grain structure as the rest of this keris.
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Old 6th February 2023, 01:44 AM   #5
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I can't say i see evidence this blade was once straight. The pamor seems to bend along gently with the curves of the blade.
Yes, I understand about the pamor, I just get a feeling it was modified. Maybe I am wrong. We need to ask Alan if it is possible to modify a straight blade with that results.
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Old 6th February 2023, 02:27 AM   #6
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I'll consider myself asked Rasdan, but I'd like to stay out of this discussion, to my mind this keris is a revised remnant, and I really cannot make any relevant comments.

Please accept my apologies.
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