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J. Hargis




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Apr, 2020 10:29 pm    Post subject: Windlass 'India', 'Made in India' markings unpleasing?         Reply with quote

Not sure if this is the correct forum for this. Mods please relocate if need be.

I'm curious if anyone finds the Windlass 'India', 'Made in India' markings problematic, off putting. I must confess I find them annoying, especially on European styled repros.

Hey, at least I admit it.

Thoughts?

Thanks, Jon

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Holger Mahling




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 1:03 am    Post subject: Re: Windlass 'India', 'Made in India' markings unpleasing?         Reply with quote

J. Hargis wrote:
Not sure if this is the correct forum for this. Mods please relocate if need be.

I'm curious if anyone finds the Windlass 'India', 'Made in India' markings problematic, off putting. I must confess I find them annoying, especially on European styled repros.

Hey, at least I admit it.

Thoughts?

Thanks, Jon


I have far more trust in companies who print "made in India" on their blades than in other certain companies who claim their swords to be "handforged in Canada" when this is most certainly and obviously not the case, sorry... so no, i dont have problems with such markings, especially since a lot of my Windlass swords are of quite considerable quality.
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 1:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yeah, at least it's honesty in branding.

Plus, IME, Windlass's stickers and etched markings both come off easily enough.

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Edward Lee




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 4:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As far as I remember windlass swords come with either stickers that can be peeled off, or like the above said, etched. The etched marking can be removed with sandpaper easily.

Oh and if anyone is curious of what Mahling said, he is probably referring to darksword armory. Pity I was eyeing their Mother of Dragon sword.
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 5:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't like maker's marks of any kind on any of my collection- even from high end makers. I feel it is a distraction.

"Made in India" would be even worse.
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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 5:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yep, the stickers can be just peeled off and any glue residue wiped off with acetone or alcohol. The etchings are also literally superficial and can be easily removed with a drop of oil and a grey scotchbrite pad (or similar fine or ultrafine scouring pad), no need even for sandpaper.
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Holger Mahling




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 6:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

By the way, some of my Windlass swords do have unicorn style etching as a makers mark; does anybody now if those have a special meaning or mark a certain production period?
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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 6:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holger Mahling wrote:
By the way, some of my Windlass swords do have unicorn style etching as a makers mark; does anybody now if those have a special meaning or mark a certain production period?


They are very old, these are possibly even blades Del Tin used to make for MRL.
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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 6:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I find cleaning off the stickers or the etchings very easy. I usually use Metal-Glo or Simichrome to clean it up. I generally like Windlass' products, especially the more historical ones. Good swords at good prices.
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Dan D'Silva





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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 7:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My feeling is, nothing in my collection is meant to pass as a genuine antique, regardless of its level of historical accuracy. And that being the case, an unobtrusive maker's mark is not a problem. I understand that everyone has their own level of tolerance for that kind of thing, though.

When I come across a Windlass that's artificially aged and being sold as an antique, it does make me sorta wish they had some kind of identifier that was hard to remove. Doesn't need to be MADE IN INDIA, could be something in the style of a historical maker's mark or even just a decorative motif, just as long as it was stamped nice and deep.
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Holger Mahling




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 8:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Luka Borscak wrote:
Holger Mahling wrote:
By the way, some of my Windlass swords do have unicorn style etching as a makers mark; does anybody now if those have a special meaning or mark a certain production period?


They are very old, these are possibly even blades Del Tin used to make for MRL.


Cool!
Like this one, yes?

https://imgur.com/a/vRmjxbc
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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Apr, 2020 10:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holger Mahling wrote:
Luka Borscak wrote:
Holger Mahling wrote:
By the way, some of my Windlass swords do have unicorn style etching as a makers mark; does anybody now if those have a special meaning or mark a certain production period?


They are very old, these are possibly even blades Del Tin used to make for MRL.


Cool!
Like this one, yes?

https://imgur.com/a/vRmjxbc


Actually no. It seems I remembered wrong, Del Tin MRL blades had running wolf mark, this unicorn looks newer...
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R. Robinson




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Plenty of historical blades with proof marks among others. Doesn't really bother me, but if I ever plan on doing work to a blade, the Made in India gets sanded out.
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