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Li Jin




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: About the Blade Strightness         Reply with quote

HI everyone

I'm encounter some serious problem, can anyone help me out please? When the sword I ordered arrived,
the inside is always tight up and very well protected. But when I inspect the sword, the sword isn't completely straight,
look closer from the edge, and down to the point, is just not completely straight. I wondered why, even though I
told the store that I want it straight...I wonder if the sword online is never completely straight or is just I'm bad luck -_-
I bought the Hanwei swords and Windlass swords. Hanweis, a lot of them are not completely straight, and one of the
rapier is even worst. Windlass, not too bad...please help me out. Thanks a lot.

Jin
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fair number of swords, especially swords with any hand work involved (almost always at lower price points) are not straight. You have to decide how much of an issue it is and either accept and move on or get something else.
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Michael Edelson




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PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Out of the 20 or so swords I own, only one or two are completely straight (to the naked eye, at least). The swords range in price from 500 to several thousand.

There is, however, a difference between slight heat treat warp and a downright bent sword.

Lay your sword's blade on a flat (completely flat) surface, so that the crossguard is not on the surface and the blade can lay flat. If the sword is not perfectly straight (most swords), one one side the tip will be flat with the surface, on the other it will be slightly off the surface. Measure the distance from the tip to the flat surface on each side (flip the sword over). 1/8th of an inch is, I think, just fine.

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