Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Definition of pamor

Definition of pamor
The term pamor is used to denote the Malay form of damascene markings. The word is Malay-originally meaning mixture or alloy. Now it is often used to describe the nickelous metal in the kris-marking process and just as often used to denote the variegated patterns produced by the pamor metal.

To produce the effect, two or more dissimilar metals are used and ordinary iron combined with a nickel-bearing iron pf terrestrial or preferably meteoric origin.

Early in kris history 1600 A.D it was found that if one of the metals contained nickel, the pamor show bed sharply more contrast. Possibly at that time and certainly later nearly all nickelous iron came from the Celebes (Sulawesi) and was termed pamor luwu.

Such iron was often called ‘white iron’ because being more etch-resistant it left silvery threads on an acid-darkened blade. Probably late in the eighteenth century the first kris blades were made containing nickelous iron from the meteor that had fallen near Prambanan in 1749.

It was reported that the nickel content of pamor luwu as 0.4 per cent and pamor Prambanan as being 4.7 per cent. However, present day samples of the latter iron each essay a 9.4 percentage of nickel.
Definition of pamor
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