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PostPosted: Sat 03 Dec, 2005 7:41 pm    Post subject: Darkwood updated their website         Reply with quote

I just looked on Darkwood Armory's website and saw that Scott has updated it with lots of really good looking pieces.

www.darkwoodarmory.com

I got to see some of these at the recent WMAW, and let me say that these are really nice for the price. Scott's main market has primarily been rapier fencers, so he's mostly catered to this niche by provided reasonably priced rapiers that really capture the essence of the period weapons with some concessions. Through time, though, he's really become better and better at making his rapiers even nicer without really increasing the cost, and he's a quite capable of making some really nice custom hilts if asked. Darkwood has long been my favorite maker of fencing rapiers, but he carries sharp blades, too.

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Dec, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The new products look great. I've already committed to one of the new schiavone he's offering as soon as I become financially solid again. I hope Scott can work out all the bugs and broken links on his site.
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Dec, 2005 8:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
I hope Scott can work out all the bugs and broken links on his site.


Yeah, me too. I think in the past Scott may have overlooked how important having a good website is to today's business world. His cuphilt link is broken, and those are some of his most surprising pieces in terms of quality to price.

You know, if I hadn't just booked my vacation schedule, Scott would have at least one item less on his "in stock" page. Quite possibly more than one. I've always really liked the A.V.B. Norman type 43 style of hilt, and I think the Darkwood example that's in stock does a good job of capturing the the lines and cross section of the bars.


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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2005 2:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like those two new English baskethilts. The schiavona is very nice too.

It's great to see some new baskethilts on the market, you can never have enough of them. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2005 8:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There is a lot of beautiful stuff there. It's great that someone has made a schiavona available to us. The English baskethilts are terrivic, as well.

I really must get something from Darkwood -- probably some variation on their teardrop plate Pappenheimer.
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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
I really must get something from Darkwood -- probably some variation on their teardrop plate Pappenheimer.

Why not a schiavona? You know you want it, Roger. Happy

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2005 6:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That Schiavona is nice! Now if Scott would only do a Mortuary Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William Goodwin wrote:
That Schiavona is nice! Now if Scott would only do a Mortuary Big Grin

Bill


Scott will do a mortuary if you request one:

"Send us a picture or drawing of the design and we will send you an estimate. Once we agree on a price,
half of the total amount is due before we begin work and the balance is due two weeks before shipping.

We are quite versatile. Modesty aside, hardly any construction or decoration technique is beyond us.
If we can see it, there's a very good chance that we can make it."

http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/pommels.shtml
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PostPosted: Mon 05 Dec, 2005 3:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig Peters wrote:
William Goodwin wrote:
That Schiavona is nice! Now if Scott would only do a Mortuary Big Grin

Bill


Scott will do a mortuary if you request one:

"Send us a picture or drawing of the design and we will send you an estimate. Once we agree on a price,
half of the total amount is due before we begin work and the balance is due two weeks before shipping.

We are quite versatile. Modesty aside, hardly any construction or decoration technique is beyond us.
If we can see it, there's a very good chance that we can make it."

http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/pommels.shtml


I'm pretty sure I asked Scott about doing one when he finished the Side-sword(see review here http://www.myArmoury.com/review_dw_ss.html) that I had gotten from him. Right now, haven't the funds for doing so.

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Dec, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Timothy Lyon had sent me these pics of his Darkwood schiavona to post. According to Tim, he went with a simpler basket design and has the bouting backsword blade (hence the rubber blunt taped onto the tip). He specifically requested no thumb ring, as he uses this sometimes in the other hand.


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec, 2005 3:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

they have an English basket i want.......Are these only aimed at martialartists or are they appropriate for collectors to? I wasn't able to tell if they have full sharp real looking swords or more training weapons
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec, 2005 4:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bill Grandy wrote:
Timothy Lyon had sent me these pics of his Darkwood schiavona to post. According to Tim, he went with a simpler basket design and has the bouting backsword blade (hence the rubber blunt taped onto the tip). He specifically requested no thumb ring, as he uses this sometimes in the other hand.


Bill, I don't know how I missed this post. Damn. I like this pattern a lot. When I get financially solid in 2006 I'm going to have to buy both styles from Scott and add them to the schiavona collection.

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec, 2005 5:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That Schiavona looks really nice.
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec, 2005 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Adam Lloyd wrote:
they have an English basket i want.......Are these only aimed at martialartists or are they appropriate for collectors to? I wasn't able to tell if they have full sharp real looking swords or more training weapons


Scott does both kinds of blades, you specify what kind you want at time of ordering and when complete you get what you asked for.
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Dec, 2005 9:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott does awesome work, just ordered a custom cup hilt from him. Am very excited about it!
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Dec, 2005 7:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Man, I need one of those mounted with a practice blade Eek!
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Dec, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gary Grzybek wrote:
Man, I need one of those mounted with a practice blade Eek!


You said it, Gary!

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Dec, 2005 10:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm getting my 3rd rapier from Scott in about 4-6 weeks, so far I have a 3 ring with Darkwood Armory blade, a 2 ring with Del-Tin bated blade and my new one coming to me will be a cup hilt with exactly pictured on his cup hilt page the 3rd one down with a wooden handle instead of the leather wrap and without the guardopolvo.
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec, 2005 6:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

He had a Sinclair with him at KWAR last month. If only we hadn't just bought a house...

http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/pix/0570.JPG

I have one of his old shell-hilt epees that I have since converted to schlager, and a two-post swept with a del TIn practice rapier in it. Does anyone have any experience with his house-brand blades?

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Dec, 2005 11:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jim Mearkle wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with his house-brand blades?


All mine are older, so they have the Del Tin blades on them, but a few of my students have his standard house-brand blades, and they seem comparable. Haven't noticed any big differences so far.

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