Tosan Aji is high level Javanese and has the sense of "respected iron".
It is the generic term for keris, tombak, and other Javanese historic iron weaponry.
It is also the name that my son Matthew and I have chosen to use for our family hobby that began
more than ninety years ago when my grandfather began a collection of edged weapons during his
time overseas during World War I. This collection was passed to me on my twelfth birthday, and I
in turn passed it to Matthew on his twelfth birthday. This collection awoke my interest in edged
weapons, but at about age fourteen I developed a specific interest in the keris, and the art, culture
and history of Java.
From the age of fourteen, for more than twenty five years I collected and studied the keris, and
finally in the early 1980's I was accepted by Empu Suparman Wignyosukadgo of the Kraton
Surakarta Hadiningrat as his pupil. Empu Suparman taught me the art of making a keris blade.I
continued to study under the guidance of Empu Suparman until the time of his passing, and I
consider that most of the traditional knowledge that I now possess about the keris came from
On Sabtu Wage 28th. July 1995, Empu Suparman left this world, at the time of his passing he
bore the name and title of K.R.T. Suparman Supowijoyo.
My other major teacher has been Empu Pauzan Pusposukadgo, whom I first met in the early
1970's when he and his wife opened a small antiques stall in Pasar Triwindu, in Solo.
On 16th. June 2014 Empu Pauzan left this world. He was perhaps the most prolific of the
Central Javanese empus from the time of the keris revival which took place in Jawa during the
last quarter of the 20th. Century, and his best work was second to none. Empu Pauzan was a great
craftsman, and a humble man. Although those who were a part of the World of the Keris
invariably accorded him the title of Empu, he himself refused to use this title, styling himself
Pandai Seni Keris, that is, a Keris Artist. He is sorely missed by those of us who were fortunate
enough to know him.
To these two men and to the many other craftsmen of Central Java who have helped me over the
years I owe a debt of gratitude for knowledge gained, that I can never repay.
For more than half the time that I have been involved in the study and collecting of keris I have
been helping fellow collectors to improve their collections. Matthew has now joined with me in a
combined effort to both further our own study of the keris and to attempt to provide an online
resource to assist collectors of keris and other historic eastern edged weaponry.
Thank you for visiting our site.
Our objective is to assist collectors in the gaining of an understanding of the keris and the culture
which surrounds it.
Your opinions and ideas are important to us, so anything you have to say that you feel will help us
better achieve our objective of providing assistance to you , will be much appreciated. If you have
any comments please contact either Alan Maisey or Matthew Maisey by using this
We would really like to hear what you have to say.