Collecting Keris Blades
People seek out Keris blades for many reasons. These are highly collectable items and more and more knife and blade collectors are discovering the mysticism and beauty associated with this particular blade over others. There are Keris collectors all over the world with varied collection sizes. Some of these connoisseurs of the Keris blade have only a few precious items, and others have literally hundreds that they have obtained over a very long period of time. Both collectors and non-collectors may seek one special Keris for personal use and thus they will take more time and put more effort into its acquisition. A blade that will be used by the owner on a personal level needs to be well suited to that individual as a bride is to a groom, so that over the lifetime “relationship” their will be harmony between the blade and the owner.
Whether one is seeking a Keris for a collection or for personal use they should keep in mind that acquiring a Keris blade is a ritualistic process. It is the exchange of a sacred object from giver to receiver, insulting the seller by not following proper procedure will start the union off on a bad foot and my even endanger the actual process going forward. There are multiple offerings to choose from in an interesting array of blade lengths and scabbard styles, so be sure to look over the entire inventory before making your final choice or choices.
Many believe that a properly made Keris, crafted by a Keris Smith who is knowledgeable in supernatural forces, will afford its owner physic protection, financial prosperity, harmony in life and elevated social status. The finest made blades are thought to possess a magical or spiritual force. This is known to Indonesian’s as “Khodam ” or Servitor, Khodam is a spiritual force or intelligence which “lives” in the Keris. In this regard the Khodam provides guidance and offers protection to its owner. Each and every blade sold on this site contains their own unique Khodam sprit genie , which makes them highly prized and valued amongst collectors.
No matter your reasons for seeking a Keris, you should consider the offerings carefully. Each blade has its own unique attribute and properties including the spirit and a presence of the maker of the blade it from the previous owners if the blade is not newly created. Some contain magical or mystical characteristics that the seeker of the blade would like to posses, so be sure to read or ask about each blades particular essence and history.
Here are some essential guidelines to follow and keep in mind when seeking union with a Keris blade:
1) If the interested party does not agree on the asking price he simply leaves the object for another more within his budget.
2) The blade is considered a "soul-mate," or "jodoh" as should be treated as such.
3) There is no standard price and no question of "over-pricing" or "cheating" on the cost. If a buyer likes the object and interested in acquiring it he will provide for whatever is requested by the releaser in order to marry it.
4) The money given in exchange for the Keris is not called “payment” but is called a dowry. Never offer “payment” for a Keris, rather offer a dowry in exchange for a marriage to the Keris of your desire.
5) Particularity exquisite and powerful Kerises can fetch from $100.00 (one-hundred dollars) to $100,000.00 (one-hundred thousand dollars) and can fall at any dowry in between these ranges. You must find the ONE that fits your budget and vibration.
6) Kerises are regarded as brides or bridegrooms and candidates for becoming the soul mate must treat them with respect and value them highly--before and after the "marriage."
7) Most people are unfamiliar with the Javanese custom of wedding blade to owner, and thus find it confusing how Kerises are priced--some are sold cheaply and are quite antique while some of contemporary production are offered expensively. If you are not clear on this you should do more research into the dowry process of the Keris.
8) Contemporary Kerises crafted through traditional methods and magical processes in comparison with older blades are quite as valuable as their antique sisters. This is a dying art and thus exceptional sword smiths who can make these fine and hard to make blades today are few and far between. These newer Kerises are a viable alternative to older “antique” Keris as they will in turn become old through the passage of time and will be intensively sought for by future collectors. Many of these contemporary Kerises are exquisite.
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|This article was published on Wednesday 09 May, 2007.|
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