Ok, confess. Who has swords?

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  1. Duncsquatch

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    With all the love of cutlery both for fun and practical use I imagine there are some sword wielders in the group.

    I have a couple most are historical examples.

    The left one is an 1822 British infantry sabre, the one on the right Mexican cavalry saber.

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    My grandpa worked at a second job in WWII at a machine shop mainly doing war work. In 1942, they turned 1000s of 1906 and Patton (M 1913) "sabers" into "jungle knives." The shop super let him take a Patton home to me in exchange for two machetes he had at home. The super felt the GIs were not being shorted.

    I somehow held on to it. Stock picture:

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    I was carried attached to the saddle to the left rear of the cavalryman. Not really a "saber" at all and adopted after the day of cavalry charges had ended with the magazine rifle and machine gun. 35" rapier blade akin do those used by French heavy cavalry in the Napoleonic Wars.
     
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    My son wearing my armor and Crusader sword.
     
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    I have a samurai from WWII, I did a little research and found out that it is a junior officer's sword. Sadly it is in poor condition, but my uncle left it to me when he passed, so it has value to me. Pic later, stay tuned.
     
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    I found a short sword that I carry along with a plug bayonet for French & Indian and Revolutionary War events. The sword was just some made in Pakistan thing with a crappy sheath found used on fleabay. I made a proper wood-lined leather sheath for it. The plug bayonet was a fantasy dagger found in a thrift store that I modified to fit down the muzzle of my musket. I also made the baldric carriage.

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    That is a nice looking baldric/sheath dealio.
     
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    There are two in my house.. I’ll have to get pictures in the morning. Although a couple of my “big knives “ and machetes are larger than one of the swords.
     
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    ....I have this WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto...bought it years ago from the estate of a Veteran. 1-3013018316_8a8952e806_o.jpg
     
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    I have owned two Angus Trim swords, and one Albion Arms. I get the itch for another occasionally, but they honestly had so little practical use to me. Still extremely cool and educational to own though.
     
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    I confess.
    No pics (yet) but I have several, along with a few spears, battle axes, and a couple of maces.
     
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    Yes... but nothing that isn't just a wall-hanger, mall-ninja, made in Pakistan POS...

    actually... I do have two legit, "real" swords.. sort of.

    I'm a former collegiate fencer.. so I have two fencing foils.

    I'd do unmentionable things to own a sword of authentic nature, particularly an old one. Sadly, I doubt I could allocate funds enough to acquire such a treasure.
     
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    Wow that is a nice piece of history right there!
     
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    I had a couple of Atrims at one time as well. So sweet.
     
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    If I’m not mistaken, there are some designed by Tinker and made in Asia (Taiwan or Hong Kong) in the $150 range, and Albion Squire line in the $400 range. You can also pick up some interesting “modern classics” or even original military swords used on the sword forum classifieds for $200-$300 or so at times.

    Personally, I think swords are awesome... but a good axe or Esee knife is just a more practical use of my limited funds.
     
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    I did when I was a teenager. I have since sold them all. I’m too practical.
     
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    :)
     
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    I would love to have an authentic European hunting sword from the 17th or 18th century era.
     
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    Does The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time sword count? :D

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    Sorry for the poor images. As you can see, the sword hasn't been taken good care of. :(
     

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    At one time I had what evidently was a authentic katana and a Civil War sword.
    The people who bought them from me were quite enthusiastic to say the least.
    I have several pieces from Museum Replicas which are actually nice, and fully functional.
     
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    Unfortunately I don't....but I want a real battle ready one:dblthumb:
     
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    I remember a guy a couple of years older than me in high school bringing some swords from his collection to school for a public speaking class. (Try that these days without the school going into lock down.) He had a tanto sword that was recovered from a downed kamikaze plane in WWII. In 10th grade, I thought that was the coolest thing ever. After graduating, he joined the local police force. Several years later, I heard his name on a newscast and turned to see that he had gone to a domestic disturbance call and a man rushed him wielding a machete. You've heard the saying "don't bring a knife to a gun fight"? I heard later from another high school acquaintance on the same police force that the machete mentioned was now a part of the guy's sword collection.
     
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    I don't have one. But the Boshin Wakizashi by united cutlery is my secret crush for swords.
    Cheers Jim

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    I have a "replica" of a military parade sword from the Civil War era. My Father used it years ago when he belonged to a reenacting group from Western Nevada.

    Steve
     
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    Damon from Alfa Knives made these and I really really wanted one...

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    Time to find yourself a practical sword then! :D

    The one right above me looks pretty cool..... and practical!
     
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    Ok, time for me to nerd out as well. Please keep this a secret ;-)
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    I really like that Viking sword second from the right on the bottom. Beautiful! :) They all are, but I like that one especially. :cool:
     
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    I have an iaito and a shinken I train with. The shinken is in the photo, next to my favourite blades.
    It’s a katana made by Last Legend forged in 2003. The tsuka, tsuka-ito and fittings are custom made to fit me. For me is the second best compared with a Japanese made one - and I held some of originals and high dollars customs too.
     
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    I have a Gladius and a Cheness katana. Both are modern repros. The katana is 9120 spring steel, and I would not want to face it in a fight.

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    Been meaning to get one.
    Everyone needs a bastard sword.

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    “Sometimes MacLeod, the sharpest blade isn’t enough...”
     
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    Oh, my goodness, that is a beautiful example.... shows the laminated steel, and probably has the genuine ray skin on the handle..... that is probably worth a young fortune..

    My dad brought home an enlisted man's sword from his time in the Pacific. It was stored in a humid place, and has quite a bit of pitting on the blade, but I've got it, and won't part with it. I used to take it to school for "show and tell".
     
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    So sorry to hear that it has decayed over the years. Any chance for a professional restoration?
     
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    This neat weapon was a Leadership and friendship gift, right before I left the US Army. A super cool piece that I enjoy looking at from time to time.

    I was very humbled and honored to receive this gift. At the time I didn’t have the words.

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    The other blade belongs to my wife, it has one of her martial arts belts wrapped around it.

    Thanks,

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    Does my Tusker count as a sword! Blade is 12 inches, ok maybe a short sword. ;)


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    Don't know what it is. Came from SE Asia in the 60's. I had forgot all about it until this thread came up and I found it in the basement starting to rust...

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    There is some writing on it and the sheath. My guess is some kind of fantasy blade sold to GI's.
     
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    I cannot lie, because you asked so directly. I bought one of these at a local event spur of the moment. It is totally worth the $35 I paid for it.
    A GENUINE FAKE 1942 Marine Combat Sword!
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    That is Kris "Knife" used in the Philippines, lots of GI's brought them back, with a varying degree of quality. I have held some tourist ones and a couple real examples of a fighting blade. You can definitely tell the difference just by the feel. The real ones are scary sharp with little to no secondary bevel but with a thin (at least in my experience) convex grind and they feel substantial but still lively in the hand.
     
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    Wait, what...there are people who don’t have swords??? Huh.
     
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    Hi Caleb!
    Looks like you've seen "Excalibur" a few times given that first picture! (Albion the maker by any chance?)
    So was Wagner's music playing in your head?!
     
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    I searched several years back, and found places that would restore Japanese swords, but the cost was astounding.... it was IIRC, over $100 per INCH of blade. That's just way more than this is worth, as an enlisted man's sword. I remember it as it was when I was a kid, gleaming blade, too heavy for me to lift and wield.... I always wondered "how did those guys swing these things, as heavy as they are....." it's amazing how much lighter it got as I grew up....:D
    My dad kept it in the back of the water heater closet in their bathroom.... obviously not thinking about high humidity in there. It never crossed my mind, either, until I pulled it out one time and found all the pitting.... very disappointing....
     
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    I have a few :) The big katana is from the late 1970s, Norikuni Minamoto, the rest are antique Nihonto. Iehira Kashu 2nd gen and unknown mumei are the other 2 katanas. One of the wakizashi is suspected to be Ishido Heinjo Masatoshi from the 1690's. The shortest wakizashi is a Shigekuni 4thh generation. 3kat.jpg 4wak2.jpg
     
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    KRIS OR KERIS
    The word kris derives from the Old Javanese term ngiris (Javanese: ꦔꦶꦫꦶꦱ꧀) which means to slice, wedge or sliver. "Kris" is the more frequently used spelling in the West, but "keris" is more popular in the dagger's native lands,[6] as exemplified by the late Bambang Harsrinuksmo's popular book entitled Ensiklopedi Keris (Kris Encyclopedia). Two notable exceptions are the Philippines where it is usually called kalis or kris (although the Filipino kalis is a sword, rather than a dagger), and Thailand where it is always spelled kris and pronounced either as kris or krit. In the Yala dialect the word is kareh. Other spellings used by European colonists include "cryse", "crise", "criss", "kriss" and "creese".
     
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    Goodness..... that is an impressive show of steel..... amazing.
     
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    Years ago (during my nerd years) my wife and I spent a month building a set of elven armor to go with my Lord of the Rings elven sword. I remember seeing the line of elves swinging their swords at the oncoming rush of orcs for the first time in the theater, and I remember thinking, “I want!”

    Sword was real, but the armor was linoleum. Cost around $50 to build.

    Again, slightly embarrassed by the “nerd files” that keep coming out. Oh well!
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