Monday, April 14, 2008
More Black Steel
If you are a fan of black steel, you need to check out Alan's Maisey's latest keris catalogue.
It won't be up long, and the blades tend to sell out very quickly, because they are incredible bargains for what you get. (Look at the detail work on the sheath. All kerises are unique, some are most unusual, such as the pamor -- pattern in the steel -- of the ones pictured above.)
Alan is a qualified empu himself; he travels to the islands from Australia, speaks the language like a native, and goes all over to find these. He cleans and refurbishes the kerises he finds as necessary -- redressing and restoring kerises are considered proper actions -- so that what you see showcases the pamor properly.
Have a look.