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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Mon 24 Feb, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Szymon Chlebowski?         Reply with quote

http://www.szymonchlebowski.pl/zdjecia.php?kategoria=9

Here is his website, anyone delt with this maker? The stats of his weapons look extremely well researched, and his prices sound too good to be true. He may get my tax refund, what say you?

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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Mike Capanelli




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PostPosted: Mon 24 Feb, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

He makes very nice stuff, but expect to wait as he tends to run quite late with the orders. He's pretty busy on the European HEMA circuit and he's definitely a P-Time person.
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Mon 24 Feb, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback. I had to look up P-time, never heard the term before, but I've sure encountered it a few times! Good to go in with eyes open. Big Grin
"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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Michal L.




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb, 2014 10:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have second sword from him and I am very pleased. Swords are lightweight and fast, (producer fights himself so he knows what is needed in combat). Disadvantage of his swords is soft, jagged steel. Usually you must wait longer than initially announced manufacturer. But the blades are covered by a 2 year warranty against breakage, so his swords are worth the money.
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J. Hargis




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Disadvantage of his swords is soft, jagged steel ...

And upon first glance his grip wraps look pretty bad.

Jon

A poorly maintained weapon is likely to belong to an unsafe and careless fighter.
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Michal L.




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It may look bad but are comfortable. Besides, you can always replace them by yourself.
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb, 2014 6:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The wraps on a trainer don't matter much to me, it will have to be redone in a year or two anyway. But the steel treatment has to be right.

Is the soft steel based on your experience with a single trainer, or a trend noticed in several weapons? And when you say jagged, I assume you mean after some bouting, as a result of the softer steel, and not that they arrive like that?

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Feb, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://hemaalliance.com/discussion/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3050

Found this review, looks like the soft blade was a mistake in heat treat, and (eventually) the sword was replaced.

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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Michal L.




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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb, 2014 8:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew of course swords come smooth from the producer, but burrs / pits do easily with bad blocks. (sorry for my english).
However, compared to other manufacturers producing on the Polish market for this price you get a good forged sword, not a machine-cut flat bar.
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Einar Drønnesund





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PostPosted: Thu 27 Feb, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I ordered two swords from him in February of 2012. He said he would finish them by June. June came and went with no word from him. I contacted him several times after this to enquire about when my swords would be finished, and every time he gave me a new delivery date until he was about 16 months late when I finally gave up and cancelled my order.
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Arek Przybylok




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Feb, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have amazing dagger from Szymon. I needed a knife for "medieval survival". Szymon made for me very sharp and resistant dagger. But Szymon have one problem - terms and punctuality.
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