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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 3:11 am    Post subject: What's on the top of your Christmas list?         Reply with quote

Alright guys, I'm curious about something.

So it's almost Christmas and let's pretend we can make a Christmas list and add a sword to that list.

What one sword would be on this year's Christmas list?

So as not to be crazy with this, let's assign some rules to this game:
  • Pick something you really want and would intend to keep
  • Santa isn't rich. Stay under a maximum price of $1500 US
  • Pick a production / semi-production piece and not some custom dream piece
  • Choose just one thing. I know it's hard. One sword


Be somewhat realistic here Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 3:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well that's an easy one for me!

It would have been a serious dilemma if the VA Bristol had been released, but since it is not available yet, I'll go for the next generation Henry V sword. I have been told that the second batch with the reinforced tips is to arrive the second week of December, so I will wait for those since being a poor thruster doesn't really make sense for a type XVIII sword. This sword seems to be one of the most attractive sub $300 I've seen lately (I never thought I would buy a gen 2 sword a year ago, looking at their line up, but they surely did a great job on that one and I'm ready to give it a shot).

Cheers,

J
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 3:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One that I've always stated would love to have in my collection would be the Del-Tin 5155 Gothic Bastard sword.


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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 4:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Oakeshott from Albion. http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...ott-xa.htm

I have a thing for complex blades that usually manifests in lust for Type XX swords, but that one is just really cool.

Nathan - you did not answer the question yourself. What do you want for Christmas?

Gordon
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 5:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

At the moment I would have to say the Albion NextGen Squire, although it seems almost mundane next to some of the other pieces on my wanted list, I have a gaping hole in my collection as far as classic, knightly single-hand swords that is starting to nag at me.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 6:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would have to say the Albion Kern would make a nice Christmas Present.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 6:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Damn, that's a hard choice! Ok, I think I'll have to go with the A&A Town Guard Sword #192. I just love that blade profile and hilt! The Albion Doge is a close second, however. And if I were allowed a bit more money- ok, a lot more- I'd die for Albions' Special Edition Lady Vivamus. I think that's the saber of my dreams....

As it is, I'm getting the Hanwei Mortuary in a couple of weeks for combined christmas and my birthday, and I'm a very happy man!

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:18 am    Post subject: Christmas list         Reply with quote

Well I for one would like to add any Albion Viking sword to my collection. I especially like the Huskarl and the Knud (Hint, hint, anyone out there!). I also would be quite happy with any of the Del Tin Viking models (Another hint, hint to anyone out there listening!). Big Grin Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

An Albion Vinland viking sword. Which I happen to know that my wife has already gotten for me for Christmas.

I'd also love to get a nicely made replicas of: a wasp waisted Roman Gladius, a Tokugawa era Katana, a Native American Indian tomahawk, a Greek Hoplite spear possibly in bronze, an American Civil War cavalry saber, and a Saracen sword typical of the later Crusades. But those will all have to wait for sufficient funds, unless Santa is really deep pocketed. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What is on my Christmas list is a Hanwei practical Norman, it's inexpensive and I would like to have one to play with. What I would really like to put on my list is the Valiant Castile. Of course I could probably put a lot more on the list too like any of Christian Fletcher's stuff but musn't be greedy.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It isn't on the market yet, but I'd like to have an Albion Markgraf.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I dream of the day I can get myself an Albion Huskarl. Always been my dream viking sword to get myself.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 7:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh my... just one? I don't think I can choose. I have a couple pre-orders in with Albion, and several on my current wishlist. I don't think I can just pick one. Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 8:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A&A Serenissima. My current hot topic is Lepanto and galley warfare and I like to put together kits for school presentations and such. Nothing quite sparks a student's interest in an event or period like handling the hardware.

Film recommendation: Dangerous Beauty. A bit costume-y and mixed up on history but entertaining on several levels.
Also, Queen Margot. Related events not among the prouder moments for us Catholics.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 9:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just the A&A Town Guard sword. Don't want to be greedy! Big Grin

I admire the type and I think it would be a good fit for a Virginia Company targeteer. That scenario is of great interest to me but I have nothing in my collection to represent it.

This was a common type but it's uncommon among reproductions. The A&A TG is the only one I know of, in fact. Like most military swords of this period, it's overshadowed by the narrow-blade civilian rapier in the modern imagination. It's hard to find anyone who has a TGS, so I assume it's not a big seller for A&A. That's a terrible shame, IMHO. A&A is the only company I know of that gives serious attention to the military swords and more robust "rapiers" of this period.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No doubt, an Albion Thegn. Given the budget no one compares with Albion, the finishing is exemplary and the sword just speaks to me, in a West Saxon Shield wall kind of way Happy.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Albion Baron, blue grip.
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, but that which it protects. (Faramir, The Two Towers)
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Aldrich wrote:
A&A Serenissima. My current hot topic is Lepanto and galley warfare and I like to put together kits for school presentations and such. Nothing quite sparks a student's interest in an event or period like handling the hardware.



Being a fellow Lepanto fanatic, I second the A & A Serenissima--preferably with a blued hilt.




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Film recommendation: Dangerous Beauty. A bit costume-y and mixed up on history but entertaining on several levels.
Also, Queen Margot. Related events not among the prouder moments for us Catholics.

JSA



Two very entertaining and interesting films--and Catherine McCormack and Isabelle Adjani are mad hot! Another interesting period piece is Joan the Mad, with the also-hot Pilar Lopez de Ayala (please forgive my extreme male-ness--as a flaming heterosexual, I can't help it).

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gordon Clark wrote:
Nathan - you did not answer the question yourself. What do you want for Christmas?


If I hadn't set the $1500 limit, it would be the Albion Knecht grossemesser but that doesn't fit in the budget.

So what's at the top of my list? The Albion Munich Sword.

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Dec, 2008 10:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sean Flynt wrote:
Just the A&A Town Guard sword. Don't want to be greedy! Big Grin

I admire the type and I think it would be a good fit for a Virginia Company targeteer. That scenario is of great interest to me but I have nothing in my collection to represent it.

This was a common type but it's uncommon among reproductions. The A&A TG is the only one I know of, in fact. Like most military swords of this period, it's overshadowed by the narrow-blade civilian rapier in the modern imagination. It's hard to find anyone who has a TGS, so I assume it's not a big seller for A&A. That's a terrible shame, IMHO. A&A is the only company I know of that gives serious attention to the military swords and more robust "rapiers" of this period.



That's a really nice one too.


I was once fortunate enough to handle a similar original, at the Higgins. It was a nice piece, and felt considerably lighter than it really was (it was actually slightly heavier than the A & A version).

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