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Michael Brudon




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Dec, 2015 11:45 pm    Post subject: Sword shops/sword groups in Queensland cities, Australia         Reply with quote

Hi Just wondering if any aussie members know if there are any sword shops/groups practicing in the Brisbane/SE QLD area or any other QLD cities? Fairly new to swords and would like to view or even handle a few varieties if possible. Not much info online, one store called Warsword in Brisbane though not sure if they stock decent blades or sword shape objects? Someone also suggested an Albion dealer called Ronin but appears his site is down...
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Paul B.G




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 1:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

G'day Michael,

Unfortunately it's going to be very limiting in Oz regarding being able to handle a sword. In Vic Global Gear stocks a handful of mid to low end euros and katanas from time to time, though I've not actually been into the store. Your best bet will be reaching out to members close by and seeing if they are happy to meet up.

Living is Australia we really have to rely on the reviews and asking as many questions as possible on the forums.


Cheers

Paul

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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Sword shops/sword groups in Queensland cities, Australia         Reply with quote

Michael Brudon wrote:
Hi Just wondering if any aussie members know if there are any sword shops/groups practicing in the Brisbane/SE QLD area or any other QLD cities? Fairly new to swords and would like to view or even handle a few varieties if possible. Not much info online, one store called Warsword in Brisbane though not sure if they stock decent blades or sword shape objects?


Definitely check out Warsword. Owner is keen on swords. I got to play with a Hanwei Lowlander and Odachi, and a couple of antiques there. There are/were some of the usual ghastly batwing fantasy wallhangers, lots of cheap katanas, and a good range of Hanwei swords. Some other good swords, too.

There's also Esford Armoury: http://www.esford.com/ who have mostly Deepeeka stuff (so the best local source for Greek/Roman). Haven't been there myself, but some of my friends went there and bought gauntlets and played with some swords (and didn't like them - clunky).

There are also the local arms/militaria fairs. Best easy-to-find info is at http://www.cmmilitaryantiques.com/gallery.php?arid=5350

If you travel out-of-state, Global Gear in Victoria, and Lawrance Ordnance in Sydney.

There are a few sword schools in Brisbane. You might like to check some of them out, and it would give you a chance to look at various training gear.

We were running a weekly practice next to UQ (where we work/study), but people graduated/moved/got busy, as students will do.

"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
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Michael Brudon




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Dec, 2015 8:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks gents will check them out. What are hanweis like?
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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Dec, 2015 11:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hanwei do OK stuff for the price. Some of their stuff is excellent, and some is so-so. They do lots of katanas, and some Chinese and European swords. You'll see a few reviews in the reviews section ("CAS Iberia/Hanwei").
"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
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Michael Beeching





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Dec, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not being remotely close to your location (I live in the US in the state of Indiana), I can't offer any real input, but I did stumble upon this review once upon a time:

http://myArmoury.com/review_mi_xxa1.html

...At least you can be aware of quality arms being made on your continent! If you really want to try out a quality weapon, however, you may be looking at quite a roadtrip. Here's the website proper:

http://www.manningimperial.com/index
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