While wavy blades are common on kris/keris, straight blades are also common. "Wavy" is not an essential part of their kris-ness. So waviness doesn't provide a necessary function.
The main function of waviness is decorative/magic. If you want to look for functional explanations, it will make it harder for somebody to successfully grab the blade (i.e., without getting their fingers shredded), and gives you a wider blade for a given weight (thus, wider stab wounds, but at the cost of more difficult penetration).
Purpose of kris/keris? The Indonesian version was a stabbing dagger (until about 100 years ago), and is a dress item (for the last 100 years). The Philippine version was a cutting sword used in battle.
"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
Post by xtremetrainer on Dec 10, 2018 22:59:02 GMT
So anyway, this is going to sound really dumb so anybody who chooses to continue reading you've been warned.
Somebody once said, regarding the Kris knife, that its Bella Swan's weapon of choice. You know, the character of Bella Swan from Twilight, her weapon of choice is the Kris knife and she uses ten of them.
No character or scene in any version of Twilight has anything remotely approaching that level of goofy awesomeness, no. It's honestly a surprisingly mundane and boring franchise, if you can (or want to) look past all the insultingly thoughtless, downright unhealthy relationship dynamics (and sparkly vampires). Bella in particular doesn't fight anyone, or do much of anything at all - she's really just a blank slate for the target demographic to project themselves onto.
"There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That's what sin is." — Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum
Scott: My work has been very quiet lately. Things will pick up when the landslide is cleared away though.
Feb 24, 2020 22:34:12 GMT
RufusScorpius: My work picked up so I have LESS time for fun stuff. Shoot, I had to go all the way to Germany just so I could spar a little bit.
Feb 24, 2020 14:49:20 GMT
christain: My work will be picking up soon with more hours...so, more money. I'll eventually be adding a couple of swords and a helmet or two. Heck...I've still got projects to finish before I buy anything else.
Feb 24, 2020 12:27:06 GMT
Scott: I just finished paying something off. Should be posted this week...
Feb 24, 2020 1:25:00 GMT
MOK: Forget stories, that's my life...
Feb 23, 2020 21:53:25 GMT
stormmaster: theres a piece out there i want but cannot afford, quite sad
Feb 23, 2020 19:34:30 GMT
christain: Nothing new coming for me either. But...spring is just around the corner, and that means 5 and 6 day work-weeks. Already have a few things on my list.
Feb 23, 2020 1:26:52 GMT
ouroboros: No new sword for Ouro this month 🤪
Feb 22, 2020 16:04:31 GMT
ouroboros: 33F/1C...despite the lack of negative sign...its cold where I dwell...the deadline for my employers lawyer to get back to me has passed 18hrs ago
Feb 22, 2020 15:49:06 GMT
legacyofthesword: LK Chen swords arrived yesterday. Review incoming (hopefully I'll have it done this weekend).
Feb 22, 2020 5:41:39 GMT
ouroboros: No...have you? (Hahaha I know what wifey n i will watch tonight...Alien and Aliens)
Feb 21, 2020 1:44:52 GMT
RufusScorpius: Hey, Ouro, you even been mistaken for a man?
Feb 21, 2020 1:14:33 GMT
ouroboros: Hahaha twas only a poor attempt at Aliens humor
Feb 21, 2020 0:43:58 GMT
christain: DO IT! My armor is radiation-proof. Also, I have a source for Astro-Turf. Problem solved. .........
Feb 21, 2020 0:12:42 GMT
ouroboros: I say we take off and nuke the whole site from orbit--it's the only way to be sure
Feb 20, 2020 23:21:21 GMT
RufusScorpius: Satellite GPS plot of Christain's property, enter into the Automatic Geometry Guidance and resurface and re-slope his entire property. Then spray it with that green seed mix from a high pressure hose. Should take 20 minutes for the whole job.
Feb 20, 2020 23:19:11 GMT
RufusScorpius: Oh man, you let slip my gimmick. And I was going to do it by remote piloting using GPS data mapping
Feb 20, 2020 23:15:36 GMT
treeslicer: Rufus, why do I get this picture of you, in armor, driving some piece of air-conditioned heavy equipment you borrowed from the local railroad, scraping Christain's lawn down to bare dirt, then scattering gravel ballast all over it?
Feb 20, 2020 23:11:27 GMT
RufusScorpius: I made you a promise I would cut your grass in armor and I fully intend to keep it. I just can't promise a time. But it's gonna happen.
Feb 20, 2020 11:28:49 GMT
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