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Felix Thieme




Location: Bellingham, Washington
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: 'Good as new' vs. 'Do It Yourself'         Reply with quote

So, I'm thinking of selling off one of my swords to fund a new purchase, but am wondering whether it would be better to repolish the thing or just leave it be and tack the price a little lower.

The sword in question is an ATrim/CF Ranger (this sword, basically, but in green (and I didn't get a scabbard): http://www.myArmoury.com/review_cf_ranger.html), which I got about 2 years ago.

In terms of its current condition, the blade is lightly patinated around the COP (hey, when all you've got to cut is plants, you're going to get a patina, no matter how well you oil your sword Big Grin), and a couple of rough spots just past the COP which I'll be sure to file out. As well, there's some black pitting right near the cross.

The hilt is in much worse condition, aside from the grip (which is actually a little better than when I got it, since all of the excess dye has leeched out over time). For starters, the 'neck' of the pommel is moderately pitted all over with brown rust, and the cross is similarly rusted in some spots.

Overall, the corrosion and patination on the sword is nothing I haven't dealt with before, and none of the pitting is particularly deep, but I'm wondering how much benefit I would get out of getting all the metal to a uniform 800-1200 grit polish.

Any ideas/advice/experience/questions? Anybody already interested in the prospect of a do-it-yourself polishing job, and/or the fact that it's an AT1415 with custom hilt-components, which I'm gladly going to sell for about as much as a stock 1415?
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Thomas Hoogendam




Location: The Netherlands
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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2005 2:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can see how this is a tough choice.

Some people want pretty shiney swords (Wink), others like a sword that looks a little rough. Others still like patinated swords, so they can fix them up themself.

However, Christian's Ranger sword were pretty much collectible pieces, and if you could sell one in a pretty much good as new condition, I think you could get more out of it then if it is patinated and rusted.
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Felix Thieme




Location: Bellingham, Washington
Joined: 28 Aug 2003
Reading list: 2 books

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PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar, 2005 4:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Good advice. I seem to have figured out what I need to know on various other forums, but I'll probably put a post up in the Marketplace when I decide the sword is ready to go out and pay for its successor.
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