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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Rabbi, Oct 8, 2010.
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. These things are dangerously low quality. Let's not start a debate, OK?
We have a cutlery forum right here on Glocktalk, and don't you know we just had a discussion bout this very topic:
GlockTalk Cutting Edge: Swords
Some good info on working swords - the inexpensive to the 'collector class' versions...
Another cool place to get answers to blades is here:
The Knife Network Forums
Rub shoulders with some of the USA's Top Knife and Sword makers... Don't worry, they keep it real in here.
PS - time to buy some new bandaids???
Ok, I'll start by not believing what you wrote. I have been a connoisseur of bladed weapons for 20 years, I know the good stuff. I have researched the hell out of it. A friend of mine taught English in China and has actually been to Hanwei's factory and has seen them making the stuff the old fashioned way.
There are different tier of quality at Hanwei. You'll know the higher tiers because they cost THOUSANDS.
As for not having a debate, you started it. All I did was defend my position.
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I finally get to do this to someone who actually matter.
I like my Toledo swords because they take and hold an edge very well, and they're flexible enough to not snap when cutting cane.
I never expect to use them for their intended purpose, so I may not have the best battle swords on the planet. I just like them for what they are. Show pieces that would do the job in a pinch.
a whetstone sharpened Machete is a very inexpensive blade of death!
i'm w/inzone re: machetes
simple edged impact weapons rule
the kind of stuff a gang of 8 year olds on a brazillian beach would attack you with
Rabbi, what type of sword are you looking for? Medieval? European? Japanese? It might help if we knew what you wanted, or at least what you were going to do with it. As far as learning, here is a good place to start.
There are good and specific reasons for sword designs over the centuries.
A machete would probably fare nearly as well as a Roman short sword, but not under the same conditions.
Personally, I prefer a fixed blade knife. Compact, useful, and deadly.
However, the utility of a sword in certain historical contexts is kind of sweet. Not practical today, but still pretty damn cool.
These are the folks that made my military sword for ceremonial events.
Rabbi seeks Japanese steel - he has vermin to kill. Or maybe he wants a Toledo Salamanca.
Seriously, if you are looking for a good long bladed knife, this guy knows his stuff:
I do not think he makes swords though. Everything he makes is HIGHLY functional though.
In all honesty, I dont know *what* I want. I just wanted a starting point for real swords to begin learning a little. I was curious what the starting price was for functional swords of various kinds and again, I didnt want to wade through the internet. I figured I would ask here and GT would focus info fairly good, fairly fast.
I am not the person to answer the question about specifically where to buy, but I can say that this will vary widely by what kind of sword you are after. "Real" swordsmiths generally specialize in certain types due to the differing manufacturing techniques.
Without knowing what kind of sword, this might range from "several hundred" to "several grand", and the recommendations on who to buy from will vary more.
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The cheapest place to buy them I have found is below. (Pricing on Cold Steel varies wildly across the web.) The website looks pretty cheesy, and they have cheap decorative stuff, cheaper stuff that pretends to be decorative but looks like crap, comically absurd fantasy pieces, etc. But they *do* carry Cold Steel, which are decent, unpretentions, non-custom, historically accurate of form, for the most part, modern of construction technique, functional swords.
(These are the kinds of swords you'll be fine with if, like me, you're willing to spend $50-$100 on a decent knife, but more than that seems like you have better things to do with your money. If you are the type who can happily spend hundreds of dollars on a knife, then you need to mosey on over to some sword forums and learn about the "premium" stuff, cuz I know absolutely nothing about "premium" stuff.
I also rescue my animals, paint my own house, collect plastic handguns not known for their accuracy, and buy my wife flowers just to surprise her, but only if they are on sale... YMMV.)
I've seen Darksword Armory Norman swords used by a Living History group as functional swords for demonstrating the cutting and piercing power of swords. Some of the other guys had the more expensive Albion swords mentioned by a previous poster. Others were used but these stuck out in my mind because they were American swords.
SWamp rat makes a functional 17" blade sword. Check out the video in the link.
Christian Fletcher also makes 'real' swords: