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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Thu 05 Dec, 2019 7:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Kowalski wrote:
If you have any questions please ask, I am not a good writer like Roger or J.D. are when it comes to new swords, sorry.


You do fine, Bro. Nice swords!
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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Wed 11 Dec, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Arms and Armor "one-off"....at least I assume its a one-off. Its basically a larger version of their French medieval sword and of bastard sword proportions.

They did a really great job on this piece and the edge is super sharp.

2019-12-11_04-07-57 by warspite15, on Flickr

2019-12-11_04-06-28 by warspite15, on Flickr

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2019-12-11_04-05-25 by warspite15, on Flickr

The church is near but the roads are icy. The tavern is far but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb
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Michael Beeching





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PostPosted: Thu 12 Dec, 2019 2:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

WOW - that thing is much more impressive in-hand than on the website! You'll have to give a more detailed report of its performance when you are able.

...On that note, if you study swordsmanship, what disciplines do you study? I ask as I am not keen on wheel pommels - they tend to bite into the hand too much in my experience.
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Scott Kowalski




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Dec, 2019 4:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

J.D. thank you very much for the compliment.

Bryan, nice grab. I saw it on A&A's site and was impressed with it's looks and size. I am also interested in hearing more thoughts on it.

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Bryan Heff




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PostPosted: Fri 13 Dec, 2019 4:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys. It handles really well, I would describe it as a true bastard sword obviously, very comfortable in single hand and of course with two hands you can really cleave I would imagine. I have not done any cutting with it but it certainly feels like you would be able to go through heavy targets. It has a 2 and 1/2 in wide blade that is 32 1/2 in Long so it's not going to outreach a true two-hander but the shorter blade fits into that category of multi-purpose sword. But overall with the approximately 7 inch grip the overall size feels pretty large while maybe not very long.
The edge geometry is excellent, no secondary bevel and very very sharp. Overall it feels very quick and nimble. The wheel pommel looks great with the sword but does have a slight bite into the palm when swinging fast. The grip is just big enough to get both of my hands fully on the grip but basically no space between, so to get better control I do need to at least two finger the pommel. The edges of the pommel are actually a bit sharp but could easily be rounded off a bit with some sandpaper which I will probably do.

Overall I am extremely happy with the sword. I really like the looks of it and the handling is excellent. The fit and finish is very very good, everything is perfectly lined up. The guard gap is small and the guard is well done. The pommel has some pits most likely from the casting process which some people would potentially not like but it doesn't bother me in the least. It gives the sword some really nice handmade characteristics. My biggest pet peeve is crooked or out of aligned parts and this has none of that. Worth every penny and a bonus that it was on sale for Black Friday.

The church is near but the roads are icy. The tavern is far but I will walk carefully. - Russian Proverb
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Dan Peterson




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PostPosted: Mon 30 Dec, 2019 8:07 pm    Post subject: My Last Sword         Reply with quote

My "last sword" of 2019 was actually a whole collection of SEVENTY swords and sort of became my "Christmas present to myself". On 20 December I went to the Nashville Flea Market, (which I try to visit every month), and it was pretty unremarkable without anything of great interest. Then, in the last building at one of the last booths before the exit was a massive collection of about 70 replica (and a few original) swords ranging from ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese ones up to a few up through the 19th century, but predominately from the Medieval period. I have always loved historical swords, and already have a sizable collection, and there were so many good ones, and at such great prices that I was really torn on which ones I wanted to buy since I didn't bring a lot of money - never expecting to run into something like this. The dealer had bought these at an estate sale and only took them because they were part of a larger lot with watches and knives which were what he normally dealt in. He said this was the first time he brought the swords to a flea market, and with many of them razor sharp, he didn't want to mess with them, and seeing how excited I was about them, he offered them ALL to me for $2500. -- which amounted to about $37.00 each which was a bargain I couldn't refuse! I told him I didn't have near enough money with me to buy them all, so he said he would hold them until I went to the bank to get the rest. needless to say, I made it to the bank and back and was able to buy them. There were a few I already had, and there were others that really don't fit into my collection that I will probably sell or trade, but all in all it is a really great collection and I will be able to expand my displays and programs with many of them. Ironically, there were even a few that I actually had designed for the Deepeeka company in India, where I went for many years when I lived in Germany, to help them develop their swords and armor! There are eight Albions, one Arms and Armor hand and a half, about a dozen Del Tins, quite a few Windlass, some of their best, I think, a few Hanwei, Deepeeka, some cheaper ones I can/t identify and a few original pieces but none that seemed particularly rare.I've attached an images of nearly all of them below.


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Antal László




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PostPosted: Thu 02 Jan, 2020 2:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Surprised

WOW! Did you manage to keep a straight face when he said how much he wants for the lot?
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J.D. Crawford




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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jan, 2020 1:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, the 3rd last group alone is worth at least 10K or re-sale. Although I would keep those and sell the rest.
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