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Kenneth Enroth




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Apr, 2004 12:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My A&A Henry V rings just a little if I tap it near the tip. My Cold Steel grosse messer sings long and loud.
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Josh Aldous




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Apr, 2004 12:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh yeah -- I don't think for a minute that ringing has anything to do with quality so much as the fact that it's 'metal' Wink

I definitely have to reiterate the tight hilt thing, though. As Eric said, if it's tight, the vibration stays in the blade and reverberates nicely.
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Mike Fletcher




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PostPosted: Wed 28 Apr, 2004 3:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is an interesting phenomenon. I have two Albion swords - an Acre I got overt a year-and-a-half ago, and a Crusader I just got at an auction last weekend. The Acre (which is very solid) thuds whild the Crusader has a beautiful ring to it. I have no idea why one rings and the other doesn't.

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Mike
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Josh S.





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PostPosted: Thu 29 Apr, 2004 9:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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The standard way to produce the "Ring of Steel" is to rap the blade near the guard with your fingernail.


Yeah, it works that way too.

"The accomplishment of man has been to remain fractured, by cause of which we are strong."
-Jerome Santus Perriere
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Sun 08 Feb, 2009 9:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would like to resurrect this topic in case anyone has new insights.

I just got a sword that has a nice ring to it (literally). After testing a number of swords, I could find no pattern to which ones ring and which ones do not. Of my two best 'ringers' one has a long narrow blade, and the other is a viking type with a wide 31" blade, one higher end, one lower end. Of the ringers, some were more stiff and some more flexible.

Of the non-ringers, most of which simply give a dull thud, I could find no pattern either. True, one has a loose guard, but the rest are quite solid at the hilt. One could see that a loose hilt could dampen high frequency components, but its hard to explain the absence of ring in the rest of them.

I like the nice ring, but except in the case of a loose guard is there really anything to this besides some particular shapes resonating with high frequency vibrations?
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