Era: Keris Surakarta, tangguh Kamardikan (keris made in Indonesian independence era) Forged at the end of the 70ies by empu Ki Josopangarso in Blitar
shape: dapur jalak dinding
Pamor: lar gangsir (untiran)
Deder / handle: tunggak semi, cendana (sandalwood), topeng Surakarta, yudawinatan
Wrangka / scabbard: ladrang Surakarta, shape: kadipaten. Sandalwood. Blackened iron pendok blewah.
The design of this keris is a collaboration by Dietrich Drescher and the late pangeran (then K.R.T.) Hardjonagoro.
This keris is one of the most important keris of the Kamardikan era (keris made after WW II and since the foundation of the Indonesian republic). It was the favourite keris of Drescher and the first one after the Great War Drescher considered as “close to perfect”, besides the older keris nem-neman, which he always took as “state of the art” in the best cases. It is in the classical nem-neman-style of Surakarta, displaying a remarkable harmony in proportions and pamor.
Drescher developed the blade shape after consulting pangeran Hardjonagoro (then K.R.T., Kanjeng Raden Tumenggung”, a honorary title for keraton members) for the central Javanese aesthetic criteria towards wangun, shape. After modelling a polah, a hardwood model, in Hardjonagoro’s domcile, about 55 hours were spent in forging by ki Jeno, ki Joso and Drescher himself for each person, and about 20 hours more in finishing work for two craftsmen.
The pamor consists of 4 moderately twisted rods of high-density nickel pamor rods, two on each side of the slorok, the hard steel core.
The Surakarta style ladrangan scabbard is of peerless sandalwood, as is the handle, which follows the shape yudhawinatan. The carving work, especially of the patra, is executed in a perfect manner and embodies the most restrained elegance. The scabbard has an iron pendok blewah, which is normally only allowed for members of the royal family. An exception was made for Drescher on the request of Hardjonagoro, out of respect for his efforts.