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Craig Johnson
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov, 2013 10:46 am    Post subject: A&A Nov Specials         Reply with quote



November News from Arms & Armor




Arms & Armor News for November includes some upcoming things and a Highlight Item. We also have a couple new swords on the Muster Page

We have our #241 Köln Messer as a Highlight Item through Nov 27th! Check it out here


We will also be featuring some specials at the end of the month and inviting anyone local to our shop on Nov 30th for Sword Saturday! There will be in house specials, food, activities, demonstrations and info for all. Watch here for more details, check our news page or A&A Facebook.

We hope as the holidays draw near life is good.

Best From all of us at A&A Inc.
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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Arms and Armor Muster Page         Reply with quote

Craig,
Great looking swords ... Congratulations on getting this done !
See you this afternoon.
Tim

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Nov, 2013 1:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like the looks of the swords for sure!
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Nov, 2013 7:13 am    Post subject: Pics of sword in hand.         Reply with quote

I had a couple of requests for pics of the muster swords in hand. I thought I would place them here in case others where interested as well.

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Nov, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Craig,

How much flex do these swords have? More thrust or cut oriented- or just a nice combination of the two?
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Nov, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Sword flex         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
Hi Craig,

How much flex do these swords have? More thrust or cut oriented- or just a nice combination of the two?


Hi Jeremy

They probably flex about two inches or so with a firm push. They are definitely going to do well in the thrust but with their width they cut quite effectively. I would say they are a good combination of the two.

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Craig
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These are beautiful...please make more!

These would probably make excellent cutting swords too. A lot of people ask for reasonably priced cutting swords. The Albion Crecy is great, but the handle is too short. These look perfect! (but make them cheaper!!)

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov, 2013 4:42 am    Post subject: Hi Mike         Reply with quote

HI Mike

Glad you like the look of them. They do cut nicely, we took them to some targets and they did quite well.

As for a discussion of cost to price ratio in the modern ecnonmy for well made swords, I am happy to dicuss, but we should probably start a new thread as I suspect it would be busy. :-)

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Hi Mike         Reply with quote

Craig Johnson wrote:
As for a discussion of cost to price ratio in the modern ecnonmy for well made swords, I am happy to dicuss, but we should probably start a new thread as I suspect it would be busy. :-)


Hey Craig,

I suspect that Micheal did not mean these particular swords should be priced at a lower point (they are already a steal at this price). Rather, that something similar but with a more rudimentary finish (and therefore less expensive than your normal products) would be good for people who want to do cutting practice.

I like these blades - they look beefier than the XV you made last year (the one I bought). I suppose these ones are getting into XVIII territory, but I was thinking of something close to this combined with a single hand grip inspired by early XVs...remember my thread on that topic? We'll talk in the new year if I manage to save up some dough. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, exactly, what JD said!

Also, one of our NYHFA guys bought one, and I'm trying to get another one to buy the remaining sword. These are way too nice to allow to go to just anyone. Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Been coveting the Koln messer since it was first introduced....birthday is in about a month, so I just ordered it as my birthday present to myself! Big Grin
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Victor R. wrote:
Been coveting the Koln messer since it was first introduced....birthday is in about a month, so I just ordered it as my birthday present to myself! Big Grin


Victor: I purchased the first one and it's a very elegant single edged blade, very comfortable in the hand: Hard to describe it but it just feel " RIGHT ".

Even if the blade is fairly narrow it takes a razor edge, if one wants it that sharp, because of the triangular cross section, giving it some decent cutting ability in a draw cut, although it doesn't have the mass forward for heavy cleaving type cuts, so it's not a chopper.

The blade is stout and thick enough that it is a useful in the thrust as a rondel dagger, and could easily do anything a rondel could do as many rondels have similar blade cross sections and profiles.

Anyway, hope you like yours as much as I like mine.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Nov, 2013 12:39 pm    Post subject: Sword Saturday Nov 30th         Reply with quote



Join us for Sword Saturday

Just a bump to let anyone who is in striking distance of us on Saturday Nov 30th we will have demos, discount and fun for everyone from 10:30 to 3 at the Arms & Armor Shop!

The address is 1101 Stinson Blvd, Minneapolis MN

See some old swords, some new ( still warm from the forge Eek! ), we will have some treats and young folk activities. Learn how we do some of our operations and talk swords Happy

Happy Holidays from all the crew at Arms & Armor.
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Barring unforeseen circumstances, a friend and I are planning on coming over for the Sword Saturday. Making it a little bit of a road trip from Eau Claire, WI to Minneapolis. As a new guy just starting to become interested in the subject, I think this would be a perfect event to see the swords in person and not just pictures online.
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Nov, 2013 5:37 am    Post subject: Welcome         Reply with quote

Hi Robert

We look forward to meeting you. Be sure to introduce yourself and we will put some swords in your hand Happy

Craig
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PostPosted: Sun 01 Dec, 2013 12:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Totally enjoyed the Sword Saturday! It was great to meet and talk with the guys and handle some great weapons.

The old originals were awesome to see and handle. I particularly loved the Basket-hilt you had there, it felt almost perfect to me.

Thanks for a great event.
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