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Clayton B.




Location: Georgia,USA
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jan, 2004 12:41 am    Post subject: Another Rookie arrives...         Reply with quote

Hello all,
Just wanted to check it all out. I've been facinated with this stuff since I was a kid...still am in a way, I'm a freelance cartographer/illustrator for Role Playing Games, books, etc. Just bought my first sword on e-bay- so tell what is wrong with it as compared to the beautiful reproductions I see here. I paid 5.00=19.95 S&H, oh well, it was in my budget! Besides the obvious things (craftsmanship, materials, accuracy),for just looking good on the wall, is there an incredible difference?
Thanks to all, looking forward to hanging out here!
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 6:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Can depend on whether you take it off the wall, but yes.
"Our life is what our thoughts make it"
-Marcus Aurelius

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
-John F. Kennedy
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Scott Byler




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 6:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

*If* it looks good to you on the wall, and if it was what you were after, then there isn't much difference (well, I see a big difference because I have experienced both cheap swords and higher end stuff, but to most people in the general public, I expect the difference wouldn't show).. Value is where you find it in things visual, as you know as an artist. What you like has a lot to do with what you appreciate, in that case.

Now, take it off the wall, the difference in bottom end quality and even midlevel sword quality is like night and day. In a user sword, craftsmanship and proper construction are paramount in importance.

There is a video going around of a clip from the home shopping network (I think, anyway) where a cheap low end wallhanger breaks and nearly does serious damage to the sales guy. Something to be aware of if you ever succumb to the temptation to do more than look at a piece on the wall (in a *general* broad statement...). I don't know if that clip has been posted here or not, but it should be. It is a good object lesson.
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Clayton B.




Location: Georgia,USA
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 7:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, that makes perfect sense, something like this needs to stay on the wall! But these really are intende as decoration in the office, but I'm sure once I see some high-grade work, my tastes will turn...Thanks!
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 7:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As Scott said, for decoration if they look good to you and you like them on the wall, all is good. Cool
"Our life is what our thoughts make it"
-Marcus Aurelius

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
-John F. Kennedy
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 8:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Clayton B. wrote:
Yes, that makes perfect sense, something like this needs to stay on the wall! But these really are intende as decoration in the office, but I'm sure once I see some high-grade work, my tastes will turn...Thanks!


Ha, it's inevitable! Once you turn down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

My first sword was a cheapo stainless steel katana. At this point in my life I'd call it a piece of junk, but when I got it years ago, it was the coolest thing I owned. I certainly didn't know the difference between it and a well made piece, just that it was a sword.

But then I started doing my homework... and handling different swords... and my tastes started getting much more developed (and, as it usually goes, more expensive). Aside from the practical aspects (being a practitioner), the aesthetics aspects I've gotten pretty particular about as well. And it will happen to YOU! Whooohahahahahahahahaha!

Here's the link to the video Scott was talking about: www.intranetwerx.com/~mitch/files/Knives.mpeg

You know, I used to own that very same sword that the salesman broke in that video. And I certainly didn't know that I shouldn't swing it around, either... *shudder*
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Clayton B.




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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan, 2004 9:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Youch! No, for sure there will be no swinging here! Thanks!
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