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Lancelot Chan
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 9:04 am    Post subject: A review for 5 different swords         Reply with quote

It's been a while since I wrote anything new on my website and recently we've purchased 4 low-end swords to see how good their value hold. Along with my new longsword I acquired last year, a review of 5 different swords was written. It's very exhausting. :| I hope you find this entertaining. Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 9:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have moved this topic to the Off-topic Talk forum.

Please note the description for this forum:

"Discussions of general history and other miscellaneous topics relating to arms and armour that do not specifically fit our other forums"

Since you're just pointing out a link to these reviews rather than discussing the swords, this belongs in the Off-Topic Talk forum.

Thank you.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 9:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks a lot, Chad. Happy

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I have moved this topic to the Off-topic Talk forum.

Please note the description for this forum:

"Discussions of general history and other miscellaneous topics relating to arms and armour that do not specifically fit our other forums"

Since you're just pointing out a link to these reviews rather than discussing the swords, this belongs in the Off-Topic Talk forum.

Thank you.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the reviews! As you say they are typically a hassle to write, but they help add to the sum total of knowledge on swords currently available on the market.
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the reviews, Lance. I've been particularly curious about those specific Windlass swords myself, so I appreciate reading your take on them!

On a completely different tangent, I was quite surprised that I recognized the music that someone was singing in the shamshir cutting video... that's from the old game Quest for Glory 2, one of my favorite games from way back in the day. Happy I wasn't sure if it was more surprising to hear someone humming it, or that I recognized it off the bat! (Yep, I'm a nerd...)

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You're correct. Big Grin I'm a fan of that series and finished each of them at least once. Obviously it was me doing the "music" part. The part where I point at the punctured box with a pair of scissors... I was actually trying to act as a maths teacher for grade 1-6 students talking about triangular geometry, LOL...

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Thanks for the reviews, Lance. I've been particularly curious about those specific Windlass swords myself, so I appreciate reading your take on them!

On a completely different tangent, I was quite surprised that I recognized the music that someone was singing in the shamshir cutting video... that's from the old game Quest for Glory 2, one of my favorite games from way back in the day. Happy I wasn't sure if it was more surprising to hear someone humming it, or that I recognized it off the bat! (Yep, I'm a nerd...)

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr, 2007 7:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the reviews, Lancelot! Out of curiosity - do you have in mind a particular technique you plan to use/learn/teach for the shamshir? Also, can it be used comfortably with a modern saber grip, with the thumb on top? Please share your thoughts.
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr, 2007 7:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not a saber person, but since you asked, I would think about those attacks where I can bind my opponent with the forte, then rotate my wrist to swing the tip around to thrust at the opponent's face. Also those simultaneous defense and attack where the opponent's sword was stuck by the straight forte and pushed offline in the same time when the curved tip slice him open. I'm not sure a modern saber grip would work or not though. A handshake grip would definitely work fine, especially with the pommel. Don't expect it to handle like a modern fencing saber, for its balance it quite foward.

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Thanks for the reviews, Lancelot! Out of curiosity - do you have in mind a particular technique you plan to use/learn/teach for the shamshir? Also, can it be used comfortably with a modern saber grip, with the thumb on top? Please share your thoughts.

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just read the reviews, and found them very interesting and helpful.
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My friend Kalun did a few perfect cuts with the Windlass 15th century longsword. I examined the edge of the shamshir and the 15th century longsword. They showed some wear and tear from cutting water-filled plastic bottles in noticible rate. According to previous experience, that would rank their metallurgy about the same with some Chinese made low-end to middle-end swords. One thing to note is that the Tinker sword survived many more bottles and showed almost no sign of dulling, while the spadona survived about 1/2 of the amount the tinker did, and showed a little sign of dulling. Given than the spadona has a thinner geometry than every other sword, I would say that both Tinker and Albion are outmatching these windlass swords in metallurgy.

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