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Jared Smith




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 5:50 pm    Post subject: What did you get for Christmas?         Reply with quote

I am wondering how many people got something related to weapons collecting as a Christmas gift?

My family actually noticed my obsession with things related to medieval knights, armour, etc. My daughter bought me a nice figurine of a late 14th century ritter. Attached is a photo of it sitting on top of my gift to her (quarter-sawn white oak table, fumed in ammonia, no dye or stain.) Of course, this does not match Chad's blessings, but, I was glad to receive it and the family recognition of my passion anyway.



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Jeremy V. Krause




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Jared,

What a wonderful gift from your daughter!

No A&A this Christmas but Tod's Stuff is getting ready to start on my 10th C. broken back seax which I am really looking forward to.

Jeremy
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I got a very warm polyester pullover.

Not quite the same I guess.

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I got a Gurkha Kukri, I LOVE THIS KNIFE!!!

oh...and a new hoodie and some socks lol

Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good knight Wink
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It was a good Christmas and I feel very fortunate. I received The American Eagle Pommel Sword by Mowbray (yes, finally, Glen), Fighting with the German Longsword by Tobler, and a pre-owned ATrim 1319. Fighting and the 1319 have yet to arrive, but knowing they are on their way is good enough for the moment!
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've been having a lovely Christmas.

My family gave me an interesting book, the Planet Earth Blu-Ray set, some great clothes, etc. My brother's gift missed Christmas by a day at least but he informs me I'll really like it -- don't know if it's A&A related or not.

And then I got this tsuba (prize #1), courtesy of donator Jean Laparra and the Nihonto Message Board 2007 Raffle:
Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin



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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 8:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I had a good Christmas this year. I got a seax that is in progress from Eric McHugh. Nothing else A&A related but that is more than enough to make me happy!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 8:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gabriel Lebec wrote:
I've been having a lovely Christmas.

My family gave me an interesting book, the Planet Earth Blu-Ray set, some great clothes, etc. My brother's gift missed Christmas by a day at least but he informs me I'll really like it -- don't know if it's A&A related or not.

And then I got this tsuba (prize #1), courtesy of donator Jean Laparra and the Nihonto Message Board 2007 Raffle:
Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin


Hey! Is that tsuba made of gingerbread??? Wink

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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you get for Christmas?         Reply with quote

Jared Smith wrote:
I am wondering how many people got something related to weapons collecting as a Christmas gift?

My family actually noticed my obsession with things related to medieval knights, armour, etc. My daughter bought me a nice figurine of a late 14th century ritter. Attached is a photo of it sitting on top of my gift to her (quarter-sawn white oak table, fumed in ammonia, no dye or stain.) Of course, this does not match Chad's blessings, but, I was glad to receive it and the family recognition of my passion anyway.


Hey let's see another shot of that table! Did you do all the work yourself?

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Dec, 2007 9:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
Hey! Is that tsuba made of gingerbread??? Wink

If so, you cannot have any. Not even the brass icing. Razz

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 4:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Albion Count. Red Grip, bronze pommel. My first Albion, and it is lovely Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 7:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I received a copy of

American Swords And Sword Makers,
by Richard H. Bezdek

"...dismount thy tuck, be yare in thy preparation, for thy assailant is quick, skilful, and deadly."
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Steve Grisetti wrote:
I received a copy of

American Swords And Sword Makers,
by Richard H. Bezdek


And I want you to read every last word!

Big Grin
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I got a really neat framed print by Graham Turner called The Battle of Bosworth, which should add an attractive historical flair to my bedroom! It is very nice.
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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Re: What did you get for Christmas?         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:


Hey let's see another shot of that table! Did you do all the work yourself?


I wish to keep the topic more focused on weaponry and history, although I am happy to showcase the ritter it on something I made and consider attractive.

I do think others here might utilize the ammonia fuming trick that I used on the table to produce convincing antique appearance on wood (shields, grips, etc.) Ammonia fuming is versatile, and can be made to work on a wide variety of woods beside oak by sponging them with concentrated tea (needed for the tannin which is what reacts with the ammonia.)

I did do the woodwork and finishing myself. About 100 hours. Someone else locally quartered and band sawed the white oak tree, around 30 years ago. I built a crude tent using a simple box kite like frame, polyethylene sheeting and duct tape, around the finished piece. Then I fumed it with ammonia (pour into a bowl inside the tent, close flap, and run) for about 1 week. Other than that, there is nothing on the wood but some linseed oil and minimal/thin varnish. I experimented a little during this and found that it can be done in a garage with temperatures as low as 50 F (around 10 C). Also, grocery store ammonia (about 5% ammonium hydroxide, much safer than the 30% industrial stuff) can get the job done in around 7 days if you just change out the bowl inside the tent with fresh ammonia cleaning solution each day. The fumed wood does not look very dark until it is wiped with some oil (linseed cut to 50% mineral spirits traditionally, Danish oil also worked great.) Once oiled, the wood "instantly darkens" and takes on a patina that is the same as a real antique that has had a natural oil finish and 100's of years time to breath and react with sunlight.

I would do this again without hesitation in order to impart a naturally aged look to a wooden spear, axe/ hammer handle, shield, etc. On a small scale like that, the material costs would be similar to the price of a quart/ liter can of high quality stain.

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Dec, 2007 3:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I got "In Service of the Duke; The 15th century fighting treatise of Paulus Kal" by Christian Henry Tobler. Truly awesome book, even for someone who's not interested in arms and armors or historical fighting. It's huge, and the scans of the plates are top-notch. I absolutely love it. Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Dec, 2007 1:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chocolate, Casino Royale DVD, chocolate, a big book on comparative anatomy in fine arts, chocolate, Capitan Alatriste DVD, more chocolate, and chocolate.

Oh, and socks. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Dec, 2007 7:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

8 bodkin arrowheads
3 needlepoint bodkins
1 swallowtail arrowhead
2 deepeeka roman frying pans (i needs to be returned for more goodies)
1 paul chen viking throwing spear (non aged blade)
1 deepeeka Xiphos Greek sword
1 deepeeka Plumbata
1 hanwei francescan axe
4 books:
The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial
Voyage to the Other World: The Legacy of Sutton Hoo
Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians
Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768-987 (Warrior)

usually my family doesn't do period stuff for me, they give me money or other things etc. But this Christmas they went all out! and I maybe ordering myself a new deepeeka Buch Helmet (Rainau) with my Christmas cash to finish up my 3rd century AD roman kit.
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Hugh Fuller




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PostPosted: Thu 27 Dec, 2007 12:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am expectIng delivery on a Lutel seax* that I bought from Art Elwell as my own Christmas present since it was MOST unlikely that anyone else would do so. Besides, it goes well with my living history gear. My wife gave me a couple of those Viking caps that Historic Enterprises is now selling, a woolen one in gray and white twill with madder and butter braid and the linen one. I have found the one that I have, a black and dark brown twill cap with old gold and red-brown braid, to be a very comfortable and stylish cap for daily winter wear.**

My daughter is working as a server in an upscale retaurant and she had this silly, cheap wine corkscrew to open wine bottles for customers. I would rather that she find an easier way to earn a living but this is her choice and I will support her emotionally and in other ways, as one will support one's children. So I bought her a $60 Sommelier Clos Leo sommelier's knife for a special Christmas present from me to her outside of the family Christmas present.***

For my wife, I bought a pendant and earring set from Gaelsong that will fit her tastes and her love of cats.****

* Scramasax number 11011 under "Knives" at http://www.lutel.cz/

** http://www.historicenterprises.com/cart.php?m...&c=151

*** http://www.premiumwanadoo.com/scip/gb_cadeaux_details.php?id=16

**** http://www.gaelsong.com/product/60487/3

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Dec, 2007 11:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I received Arms & Armor of the Crusading Era Volume I, having requested it. Though, as noted by reviewers here, it is not the best resource for historical arms because it lacks photos (or even high quality drawings), it nevertheless is a pretty good resource for period illustrations of warfare and weaponry.
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