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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 1:10 pm    Post subject: Windlass Oakshotte XIV         Reply with quote

Does anybody have a low down on this sword?

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=...ming+Sword

I am thinking of starting practice with I-33 techniques and the Type XIV seems like a good choice for that. Ideally, I'd be getting an Albion Yeoman for this, but that will have to be later as I already have a A&A on order and wife would take her sword to me if I got another big purchase.

Seems like it'd be a good "place-holder" sword for the meantime, but it'd be nice to get someone with actual experience chime in.

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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It would be ideal for your purposes and is one of the better attempts by Windlass. It's a great deal at that price.
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

See here: http://www.myArmoury.com/review_ws_typeiv.html .

Windlass incorrectly called it a Type "IV" when it was first introduced.

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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 1:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I actually did a run through of the reviews and since I didn't see "XIV" didn't think you had one.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 3:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't own one, but I have handled one before. A very lively sword in the hand. The pommel balances the blade nicely. Altogether a nice little sword. Buy one...You'll like it. Big Grin ...........McM
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This model cleans up nicely too, with a little elbow grease- might never fully measure up to the Albion but it doesn't necessarily have to remain a "stop-gap" piece if you can do a bit of work.

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...w=previous

One of the best looking "improved" Windlass items I've ever seen!
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Edward Lee




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PostPosted: Sat 01 Feb, 2014 11:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Supposedly an agile sword, but it has some problem with the blade finish, the blade itself is robust. Unless you don't mind that, this sword is good. You can probably spend the money to make it more visually appealing.
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Feb, 2014 7:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think its one of the better Windlass pieces and one that can be advocated strongly as the potentially being the best Windlass piece. Its not an Albion but I think the gap between products is narrower than the gap between prices in this one case especially when these come up on discount (as they do from time to time).
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Feb, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks, I have never seen this Windlass offering before, for the price it appears outstanding. A great project piece.

Too bad CrusaderMonk will be gone for awhile, Jonathan could do wonders with this sword.

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Feb, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

BTW Gents/Ladies:

MRL has this sword on sale for the weekend. At $112.50 it was too good to pass up. I have what I hope will be nice a project piece on the way.



Thanks to Phil D. for shooting me a PM about the MRL sale price.

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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Fri 07 Feb, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Phil messaged me and I definitely wasn't going to pass that up.

I'll let everyone know what I think of it next week.
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Feb, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have been waiting and waiting for this thing to go on their Deal of the Day. ;D
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PostPosted: Fri 07 Feb, 2014 9:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This was my personal one I cleaned up:







I really like this sword. So much so, I still own one despite having more expensive, more accurate offerings. Not many manufacturers offer a Type XIV, and this one is right on the money for your purpose. I wish it had about a 2" longer blade and no central ridge behind the top (I sanded mine off), but for THAT price...I'd get 3 of them! Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Fri 07 Feb, 2014 10:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I ordered two... don't make me buy another.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Feb, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

get at least one! they make great project swords. i like sarge's better, but here's mine, with some historical notes that might be of interest: http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...p;start=20
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Feb, 2014 5:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is very tempting...and I'll be travelling for business in Dallas so little spend in shipping...
Like Jonathan, I own more accurate type XIV blades that I'm working on (a yeoman and a sovereign), but I always loved to tweak cheap windlass ( like this coustille I did a few years ago: http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=16742).
And this is really dirt cheap...Actually with this sword is closer to being a type XVI with it's flat diamond tip, but very nice nonetheless.

Grip wrap, and redoing the guard (I'm thinking broad and curved like the MET one). I'm not too keen on that rather bulky squarish section but it's easy to fix.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Feb, 2014 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great price for this sword as already mentioned. And as already mentioned I too wish the blade was just a bit longer...I would probably buy one if it was. Just too short for my tastes.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Feb, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Longer blade? WTF?! Part of what makes a Type XIV a Type XIV is "short" blade, according to Oakeshott. Big Grin Sure, it's 1 3/4 inches shorter than Albion's Sovereign, but it's still in the range for the type.
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Ben Coomer




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PostPosted: Sat 08 Feb, 2014 3:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wife decided that she wanted one too, so that's two on the way.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Feb, 2014 2:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The short length is actually one of the appealing factors for me. In fact I may just sell off my Albion knight and buy this instead as it looks pretty sweet with the melt job and new grip. My knight is just a tad too long for my height plus the XIV would be easier to dry handle indoors.

Edit: And I bought one! The melt job above just looks incredible so I will certainly be attempting to do this on mine too, along with a new grip.
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