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Ben Sweet




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PostPosted: Mon 26 Jun, 2006 11:42 pm    Post subject: Morro Bay photos         Reply with quote

Here are a few photos from this past weekend meeting in Morro Bay with ElJay and a Salinas Local who is on the Himalayan Imports forum. ElJay and I have been meeting for 4 years now! (he got out of paying for lunch this time too Big Grin Thanks Norm!) When ElJay stops by he'll have to explain what he brought this year...was really neat to see him interact with the kids and from the great way he handled them looks like a future knight is now in the works. I was surprised not to see Nathan there since given his passion for his website...but...at least I can say he has a fine Schiavona in the works! Looks like we are on for next year!


Here are some photos with more to come...Thanks to Norm for being the only 1 out of 7 who said he would show up that stayed true to his word and for bringing that amazing khukuri collection!

















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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jun, 2006 2:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is a very nice collection.There are at least 10 items that I want to have too Big Grin
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jun, 2006 6:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Geez, he does have a very nice collection there. The two piece skull close helm (with the fluted skull and slightly backswept peak i'm guessing french) is especially nice.
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jun, 2006 8:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm with Allan. That French-style Close Helmet is to die for! WOW! Eek!

The other stuff is pretty sweet, too, BTW. Big Grin

Allons!

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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jun, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben, thank you for sharing those photos!

That's the first glimpse I've had of the schiavona and I'm thrilled to see it. It's exactly what I was hoping to see!

I sure wish you guys would meet up someday up here in Northern California Happy I'm not able to stray much from these parts now days.

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Ben Sweet




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jun, 2006 12:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Nathan, your Schiavona feels as good as it looks too! It looks like next year it will be held in Atascadero at the Santa Lucia Sportsmans Association so we can also shoot pistol, rifle, trap and skeet along with having a sword/knife/armor/axe get together...this will (we hope) bring in a few more people + there are plenty of tables there!

But Monterey would be good too!

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jun, 2006 12:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben Sweet wrote:
Hey Nathan, your Schiavona feels as good as it looks too!

I really do appreciate you sharing this, Ben. Thank you. I'm excited to see it first-hand!

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jun, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Ben, what is the sword between the Talhoffer and the Svante? Manning Imperial?

Anyway, great pictures, wouldn't I love to drive into a random parking lot and see something like that going on!

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jun, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kenton Spaulding wrote:
Hey Ben, what is the sword between the Talhoffer and the Svante? Manning Imperial?

It looks like a Tinker to me...

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 1:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Kenton, Nathan has it right..the sword is a Tinker.

36" blade 45 1/2" overall 1 3/4" wide at the hilt and 3 1/4 lbs

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 5:56 am    Post subject: Wow Ben         Reply with quote

Like me, you have been on these forums for quite some time. I hadn'trealized you amased such a large collection! I just love the Svante; what an elegant beast it is! Thanks fo rsharing the photos.

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 6:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan, did you say that schiavona is going to you? I'm envious. You now may have the most impressive replica schiavona collection in the world.

All of Eljay's antiques are most impressive. I especially like the one on the edge of the blanket - not sure what it is, maybe a German baskethilt?
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 6:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Nathan, did you say that schiavona is going to you? I'm envious. You now may have the most impressive replica schiavona collection in the world.

It just arrived today.. and it's fantastic! He's done a lot of finish work since the photos in this topic were taken.

Roger Hooper wrote:
All of Eljay's antiques are most impressive. I especially like the one on the edge of the blanket - not sure what it is, maybe a German baskethilt?

It looks to be a British cavalry sword to me. I can't tell for sure, but that's my guess.

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan,

Congrats on the Eljay schiavona......ooooooo......aaaahhhhhhhh!!

Ben,

Nice collection there lad. Noticed the Darkwood sidesword didn't make the trip....ya' still got it?

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the great pics, Ben .... wish I could have joined you boys !

But I am lucky to say that Eljay is in my neck of the woods this week, and he will be stopping by in a an hour or so to (finally) meet :-) I've had the pleasure of talking on the phone with him before but there is nothing like the old face to face when discussing & showing swords, 'eh ! (which reminds me .... it's time to start pulling the E.B's & VE's out of the gun safes so he can play ;-) Not sure if he'll have any pieces in tow (sure would like to see that schiavona of Nathans), but I'm sure we'll have plenty of toys here to play with !

I'll be sure to get a few snaps of the action (only wish the weather wasn't soooo humid & sticky today :-)

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 3:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love that schiavona! Congratulations, Nathan.
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jun, 2006 3:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Roger Hooper wrote:
Nathan, did you say that schiavona is going to you? I'm envious. You now may have the most impressive replica schiavona collection in the world.

It just arrived today.. and it's fantastic! He's done a lot of finish work since the photos in this topic were taken.

Roger Hooper wrote:
All of Eljay's antiques are most impressive. I especially like the one on the edge of the blanket - not sure what it is, maybe a German baskethilt?

It looks to be a British cavalry sword to me. I can't tell for sure, but that's my guess.


Couldn't have gone to a better person. Congrats, Nathan!

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jun, 2006 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that is a stunning collection!

In the sixth pic. what is the third sword down (not including the dagger, the one in the scabbard)?

The pen may be mighter, but the sword is much more fun.
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Jul, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Added a few more into the gallery...

Joe...It's a small collection compared to yours! Do you have the Svante?!

William yep still have it..nice sword! It had plans on going down but I just ran out of room in my car..next year, show up and you can play with her...

Mac ElJay said you guys were going to meet! I warned him about your Bostonian accent Laughing Out Loud Hope you guys had a great visit!

J. Bedell ElJay told me what it was and I forgot...but...It was for sale, if you are interested p.m him!

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Roger Hooper wrote:
I especially like the one on the edge of the blanket - not sure what it is, maybe a German baskethilt?


Roger,
It looks like a British 1788 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Sword. I'm not sure if it would belong to a trooper or an officer, however.

J. Bedell,
The sword to which you refer looks like a French Cavalry Sabre from the early 19th century. I don't know much about French swords, but I recommend visiting www.oldswords.com, and searching for French swords--you are bound to find something similar.
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