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Michael Kelly





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PostPosted: Wed 21 Sep, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Hanwei Tinker fittings options?         Reply with quote

Anyone have a line on aftermarket options to replace the stock fittings on a Hanwei Tinker longsword blunt?
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Thomas Riley





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PostPosted: Wed 21 Sep, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There has been a gap in hilt components for the Tinker Longsword ever since Yeshuas' swords stopped making custom fittings, but someone else was working on it:

https://printedarmoury.wordpress.com/category/hanwei-tinker-hilt-parts/

and for a short time some were being sold, but currently none seem to be available: http://www.lgmartialarts.com/h-t-longsword/

Not sure if they plan on continuing to stock parts, so keep an eye out.

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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Wed 21 Sep, 2016 4:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Go to Kult of Athena. They have some now in the 'new additions '..........McM
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Sep, 2016 6:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A crafty fellow could make a nice little Albion Laird wannabe with the Scottish fittings. If I didn't already commit to a H/T Norman, I would be all over this!.......McM
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Thomas Riley





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PostPosted: Thu 22 Sep, 2016 5:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh man! I did not know those were available! Awesome.
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Thu 22 Sep, 2016 1:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thomas Riley wrote:
There has been a gap in hilt components for the Tinker Longsword ever since Yeshuas' swords stopped making custom fittings, but someone else was working on it:

https://printedarmoury.wordpress.com/category/hanwei-tinker-hilt-parts/

and for a short time some were being sold, but currently none seem to be available: http://www.lgmartialarts.com/h-t-longsword/

Not sure if they plan on continuing to stock parts, so keep an eye out.

Yeah, the first batch is more or less sold out, but there will be more coming in a couple of months.

(I got a Viscount set cast in bronze. It's lovely!)

LG Martial Arts posts regularly over at Sword Buyers Guide, you might take a look at the forums there if you want a heads up when new stock becomes available. I think the latest news is here.

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T. Diamante




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Out of curiosity Mikko, were the castings already available in bronze, or were they a custom order?

Also, do you have any pics of the fittings? I'd be really interested to see how they look in bronze.

Thanks,
-Tomas
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2016 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think it was a one-off experiment. I pre-ordered the regular steel fittings back when Lemuel started making these, but there were a lot of delays and complications (as honestly should be expected of a brand new production just starting up) and finally he asked if I'd be interested in a bronze set he already had lying around, instead. I couldn't say no to that. I'm sure they could make more of these if they got enough requests to justify another run.

I'll snap some photos for you when I get back home.

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T. Diamante




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2016 8:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Mikko, I agree with you that if he had a bronze version of the fittings I would definitely pay extra for that.
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2016 4:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excuse the quality. I did my best with a phone and a ceiling light. Happy











The sword is WIP (I made the grip looooong ago to fit the original fittings and it doesn't quite sit with these, and the blade really needs to be cleaned up and polished) but the bronze fittings are the main thing, here. They're already slightly tarnished from handling, but I actually prefer the natural patina to a shiny polish. Very snug fit, as you can see in the last picture!

The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs -- I was a man before I was a king.
-- R. E. Howard, The Road of Kings
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is out of sight, Mikko............Fine job! If that ever comes for sale, let us know first!!!...........McM
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T. Diamante




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2016 5:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mikko I'm envious of those fittings! I just got the steel fittings for the longsword and they're very high quality, but the bronze definitely brings some added character to the sword.
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