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T.F. McCraken




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Bare blade sources?         Reply with quote

So, it's gotten to the point (with ME at least) where the multiple manufactured swords are just not keeping my interest, plus, my main interest being Irish swords, the choices are even slimmer.

So, I've decided that home-customized swords are the way to go.

I HAVE a good smith to work with for creating the hilt furniture I'm designing, along with options such as www.yeshuas-sword.com to craft simpler hilt furniture. I can do the grip, scabbarding and suspension myself, but, I'm having a very hard time finding a bare blade source.
I could have my smith craft them, but, costs would make this option unreasonable for my needs. SO, I'm looking for sources of bare blades.
I keep a good eye on The Moat, of course and they are glorious, but, is there more options? I LOVE Del Tin blades and I see all sorts of folks building off of bare Del Tin blades, but, the only re-hilted Del Tins I've done were by buying the finished, manufactured swords and having them re-hilted myself.
That can't be the only option.

Right now I'm looking to build an XV bastard sword and the only XV blade I've seen that I LIKE, is the A&A Henry V. I just don't want to buy a Henry V just to re-hilt it. So, I'm trying to source some options.

Any good answers?

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Christopher Treichel




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://www.albion-swords.com/bareblades.htm
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T.F. McCraken




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Chris, I do have that source bookmarked. Thank you though.

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://triedandtruearmory.com/zc/index.php?ma...mp;cPath=2

Far as I'm concerned, at under $500.00 what you are getting is an awesome blade with some basic furniture thrown in so you can use it. If you call or e-mail they might be able to get you an XV from Gus. They are backed up at the moment, but it never hurts to ask. My blade was "off menu".

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 10:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A&A will make you a bare blade. They're a custom shop along with being a production/catalog shop.
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T.F. McCraken




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
A&A will make you a bare blade. They're a custom shop along with being a production/catalog shop.


Now this has occurred to me, too. Thank you Nathan.

I made what's turning out to be, a great friend in Karl Jacobs this last summer. He works at the A&A booth in Bristol. Maybe he has some ideas on this. A good excuse to give him a call and then the shop in St. Paul.

I may put a call out in the Marketplace for my more immediate need, but, A&A doing blade-only sales may be just the ticket!

So, Albion, A&A,....now, if I only knew if Fulvio Del Tin spoke English, I might give HIM a call!

Happy

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Jeffrey Faulk




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Oct, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For what it's worth, fuller notwithstanding, I've always thought the Hanwei/Tinker longsword could pass for a XV at a pinch with some careful filing of the edges to make them straighter... it's only $131 at Kult of Athena, regrettably back ordered though. Something to consider when they come back?
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2012 4:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

the h/t blades are wonderful for projects!
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T.F. McCraken




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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2012 7:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ahh yes. See, I came across that KoA page of bare blades in my scouring for sources. How aggravating.

The weird thing is, I happen to have a pile of Deepeeka XV blades, but, they're all too long and narrow for the specific project I've started.

As it stands, I sent an e-mail to Arms and Armor at their posted e-mail address (AA&armor .com) and it was bounced back at me. But, I think the blade I want is from the French Medieval Sword from A&A.



I just hope they can extend the tang 3 inches for a hand-and-a-half grip.

And I hope the price doesn't over-extend me.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

T.F. McCraken wrote:

As it stands, I sent an e-mail to Arms and Armor at their posted e-mail address (AA&armor .com) and it was bounced back at me. But, I think the blade I want is from the French Medieval Sword from A&A.

And I hope the price doesn't over-extend me.

Murphy Cool


Try sending it again as it might just be some sort of temporary glitch with their computer and I think this can happen if someone has used up all the memory space in their e-mail IN BOX by not emptying it. ( Messages that stays on the server until one moves it to one's PC internal memory and opens up the available maximum storage space ).

Also a message can also be not delivered if the Internet Service Provider at either end was having some technical issues at the time you sent your e-mail: I always at least attempt sending a message twice when I know for sure that the e-mail address is correct.

The price of a naked blade should be lower than a finished sword assuming that it's one of their regular production swords and you are not asking for something special that would increase the production costs for them.

Or just phone in your questions and order. Wink Big Grin Cool

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T.F. McCraken




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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2012 8:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:

Or just phone in your questions and order. Wink Big Grin Cool


LOL.
I resent the e-mail this morning. So far, it hasn't bounced back. Big Grin
If it bounces back again, I'm going to let my fingers do the walking and give them a call.


Thanks Jean!

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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

other options to add,
people i've asked in the past and have been interested in helping your side of the pond,
BKS, John at Odinblades, Mark Morrow,morrowblades,
Rick Barrett,a bargain pops up now and again in his sales,or enquire as to unfinished on the shelf,
Tinker, might have something to hand,i know he hasnt been too well of late,but he was a pleasure to deal with when i did,
Al Massey,again,pleasure to work with,also seems to notably underprice his work,imo,
ollinsword,Michael Pikula, alot of good people,
my side of the big water,
Rob at Castlekeep,had three or four blades,always a top gent,
Mark at St George Armoury,again,excellent chap,
Owen Bush,great bloke,
just a few to add to the option's,pretty sure i'm missing a good few people too,
alot comes down to budget,shipping etc,
rehilted a del tin blade,that was nice to work with,in your position i'd at least send an email to Fulvio,or ask a del tin stockist nearish to you to bundle your order with their's.
jfyi,Happy
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