The keris is an asymmetrical dagger with distinctive blade-patterning achieved through alternating laminations of iron and nickelous iron. Krises are most strongly associated with the culture of Malay world especially in Nusantara. The keris is famous for its distinctive wavy blade, although many have straight blades as well.

The Keris

Malay weapon, social symbol and talisman

Introducing Malay World Weapon

Before the gun was invented, the dagger and sword were generally regarded as the most used weapons in the medieval world. The keris, also spelt and pronounced as crease, creese, kreese and kris is synonymous with Malay culture. It originated in Java in the 9th century during the Sri Vijaya empire and subsequently spread throughout the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Southern Thailand, Southern Philippines (Mindanao), Singapore, Brunei and some parts of Cambodia, Laos and Burma as the favoured close quarter fighting weapon. The serpentine blade is reminiscent of a snake in mid-strike.

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The Keris

"The Malay armory passes from swords through daggers to knives by stages subtle enough to defy systematic classification. Malays even from the same area disagree among themselves about whether a weapon is a Keris or a Pedang, a Beladau or a Badek, a Klewang or a Golok" A.H. Hill, in the Keris and other Malay Weapons.

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