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Malay-style keris done up modern

Discussion in 'Bensinger Handforged Knives' started by J W Bensinger, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    A little Malay straight keris in modern materials-one of the new designs I'll have at BLADE.
    I've been putting this project off for about five years now because the forging is a PITA.
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  2. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    the top edge looks hollow ground is that for balance?
     
  3. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Whole thing is hollowground. Gives a nice strong spine and very thin edges...it's not like a dagger's gonna chop anything off but it'll bite deep and still be rigid-and light for size. Daggers and straight razors are about all I hollowgrind
     
  4. Scara

    Scara

    Jun 21, 2014
    So a cutter and thruster, but not a chopper. That makes sense. The whole thing is beautiful. You've had your thumb on those ground in recesses on the slabs in some of the pictures you've posted. Is the knife intended for use in a T-grip, or are you holding it that way for the pictures?
     
  5. JayGoliath

    JayGoliath

    Mar 27, 2010
    Keris/Kris is never a chopper, unless you are talking about Kalis, the huge ones from the Moros.
    It's feared locally and guarded like a heirloom.
     
  6. Camber

    Camber

    Jul 13, 2011
    That's really cool Jim. And some nice forging to boot.
     
  7. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Thanks. They tend to hold them this way-onthe originals (where the handle is slipped onto a round tang) the old timers sometimes even twist the grip to the angle they like.
    IMO this one will cut waaaaay better than an original-most of the silat keris cuts are pulling drawcuts off a missed or deflected thrust, or tip cuts(at least how I learned)
     
  8. Jens Schuetz

    Jens Schuetz

    Jun 24, 2013
    How did I miss this?

    Is it sacrilege if I say this looks more useful and robust than the originals I've seen and that the form in it's functionality looks also more beautiful?
    Well, now it's too late. I said it.
     
  9. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Thanks man-I dunno about more beautiful but I was definitely going for more fuctionality
     
  10. Jens Schuetz

    Jens Schuetz

    Jun 24, 2013
    To an engineer I guess function = beauty.
    Maybe it's just me but your blade reminds me of another masterpiece.[​IMG] http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Like-Mechanical-Power/1017342
     

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