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David Hohl




Location: Oregon
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Jan, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject: Advice: Gen. 1 Windlass Irish Hand-and-a-half         Reply with quote

Hi all; this is the first sword I ever bought; it's several years old, and was originally bought as a wallhanger, unsharpened. Over the years I've done a couple sharpening jobs on it, got it up to a decent edge, and cut a few bottles with it. The other day I decided to take it apart, with a view to replacing the handle. I'm wondering if you guys think it's safe for use against light targets, or whether it should be put back on the wall permanently.
[note: these photos are right after it was disassembled, so I haven't cleaned off the cement and crud from the tang, or the remains of the plasticy leather stuff covering the handle]

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The tang seems fairly substantial to me; it tapers in thickness from the round end to the blade, with the round stock being thicker; if there's a weld I can't see it

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This shows the radius of the shoulder; it seems to have been ground a little unevenly with a ~1/4" round file; the two sides are not symmetrical.

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This shows the length of the tang from the side, showing a fairly even taper.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this - for the moment it's my only "sharp", such as it is, so I'm trying to make do with it until something better comes along.
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David Hohl




Location: Oregon
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Jan, 2012 9:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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William Swiger




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PostPosted: Wed 11 Jan, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David,

I have this same sword and it is fine to use on light targets. Mine has not had the fittings come loose and has stayed tight for the entire time I have owned it.

Bill
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