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P Ballou




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 6:03 pm    Post subject: Vertical sword and dagger rack         Reply with quote

At our local fencing club, the swords are displayed up on the wall in a shelf-like rack that holds them vertically, handles down. This makes them easy to take out and replace. I have been looking for a commercial version of this kind of rack that can hold around 6 swords - without success. Before I go and try to make one myself, I am wondering if anyone has seen one like this for sale. I mean, why reinvent the wheel? I've made an illustration of the rack. The loops could be wood or plastic drawer handles...


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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Vertical sword and dagger rack         Reply with quote

P Ballou wrote:
At our local fencing club, the swords are displayed up on the wall in a shelf-like rack that holds them vertically, handles down. This makes them easy to take out and replace. I have been looking for a commercial version of this kind of rack that can hold around 6 swords - without success. Before I go and try to make one myself, I am wondering if anyone has seen one like this for sale. I mean, why reinvent the wheel? I've made an illustration of the rack. The loops could be wood or plastic drawer handles...


I might prefer handles up with points down for safety reasons: Depending on how it's attached to a wall or some sort of
" shield " safety device like being behind glass doors or inset within a frame it might be hazardous.

Someone tripping on a carpet or something might fall on the multiple knife points of grab for a sharp blade in an unthinking moment trying to stop the fall.

At the very least the installation should take this into account: The way it is done might make the difference between something very safe and an accident waiting to happen.

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 6:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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the swords are displayed up on the wall


Jean,

I'm assuming this means this particular arrangement is hung up on a wall with the blade points above head level. This would make tripping and grabbing things a non-issue. If that's the case is should be as secure as anything else.
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P Ballou




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for the feedback. Yes, the idea is to mount the rack quite high on the wall, so the grips are at shoulder-level. This eliminates the potential hazard of someone falling on the pointy ends, and makes for a more pleasing display. I had always thought the opposite would be more dangerous - with points down, they might fall out of their holders and stab you in the foot. Also, in a points-down display rack mounted on the wall, you would be grabbing the sword by the blade to take it down, whereas in this one, you grab them by the grip.
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

P Ballou wrote:
Thank you for the feedback. Yes, the idea is to mount the rack quite high on the wall, so the grips are at shoulder-level. This eliminates the potential hazard of someone falling on the pointy ends, and makes for a more pleasing display. I had always thought the opposite would be more dangerous - with points down, they might fall out of their holders and stab you in the foot. Also, in a points-down display rack mounted on the wall, you would be grabbing the sword by the blade to take it down, whereas in this one, you grab them by the grip.


O.K. I'm convinced. Big Grin It's all in the details and placement though.

High and securely bolted to the wall. And I can see were point down might be worse when high up as the hand rising to get to the handle of a sword or a knife it might pass close to a point or many points.

Hmmmm ...... Points up mount it high. Points down mount it low.

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My only concern would be someone grabbing a sword out of the rack too quickly, pulling outward in a forceful motion and causing harm to the blade.

Bob
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Alex Oster




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 9:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well,

I did my own custom fabrication a while back... The only thing I would do different now is use a table saw (which I didn't have at the time) to run some grooves on the inside, and then mount some lexan or glass in it to protect the blades and make them safer.
Sorry if I take up a lot of space here, but I'll link some different angles as well...

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/Osterberg/pics/DSCF0021.jpg
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http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/Osterbe...000699.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y201/Osterberg/blade/7798.jpg
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The pen is mightier than the sword, especially since it can get past security and be stabbed it into a jugular.
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Shamsi Modarai




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh my goodess......your armoury makes me all hot n' bothered!


Nice rack, too. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Shamsi Modarai wrote:
Nice rack, too. Wink


Yes, this is one of the few cases where it's OK to say that to a guy. The other is for rackmount computers. Happy

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PostPosted: Mon 23 Apr, 2007 7:21 pm    Post subject: How to display a sword collection.         Reply with quote

Wow. I didn,t expect any replies for a few days. Thanks to all of you so far. I did try to send a picture of what I am using now but it wouldn't go through. I'm afraid I am fairly new to computers as well as sword collecting. You certainly make a fellow feel welcome. Thanks again.
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Alex Oster




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PostPosted: Mon 23 Apr, 2007 7:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Broke my own link...



The pen is mightier than the sword, especially since it can get past security and be stabbed it into a jugular.
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