Discussion in 'Sword Arts Talk' started by PhotonGuy, Sep 30, 2014.
Oh that's awkward!!
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Well then, let's see some video. Of you, because the ones you posted don't do much to make me want to run out and buy a blade from this place.
Isn't it though?
What on earth is an 'Excalibur' sword? Some people have been watching too many films. while there was a historical King Arthur he was a 6th century CE king and his sword whether it had a name or not would have been made of iron with a bit of steel, as all Anglo-Saxon swords were.
Ashmolean Museum: Anglo-Saxon Discovery - Swords
And you call yourself British....You didn't know....King Aurthur got it from The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that , Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why he was your king.
But then Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
yeah...I've seen to much Monthy Python
And what qualifies you to assess that? Have you extensive training in a combat oriented sword system? A good fencing foil is quite different in quality and design than a good arming sword or a good katana. The qualities that make a good rapier are different than those of a cutlass or saber. Give us some idea of your qualifications to speak; are you a master swordsmith? skilled swordsman?
So what is your background and experience with swords?
I'm not the one claiming to be able to tell what's good and what isn't.
But if I were, I'd point out that although it's not something I currently practice, I've made blades from small daggers to bastard swords from raw steel. I've made a few (6-8") pattern welded blades.
I would say that my understanding of the theory outstripped my physical abilities when it came to forging steel, I could never develop the perfect consistency of technique required to produce the best blades.
Of course, given the ripples in the blade shown in your YouTube examples, neither can the armoury you're defining as "good"...
There's not a lot of opportunity to train with or study European sword in the USA. I was lucky enough to spend 7 years in Europe in my younger days, and did get a chance to at least examine and handle a number of period weapons.
I've studied the training manuals of people like Agrippa, Silver, et al. Given the lack of places in the US to get period training, I fought in the SCA. Primarily rapier. I always used the Schlager, as it provided the closest replication of the handling characteristics of a period rapier. I was considered fairly skilled, and at various times won pretty much every major tourney in the Outlands and Ansteorra.
So I'm not a world renowned expert by any means, but I do have some idea what I'm talking about.
Now, you will notice that unlike you, I provide a direct answer to a direct question. Your reputation might improve if you learn to do the same...
Well if I was to mention the man who I learned many of the stuff I know about swords it would probably open a whole different can of worms as he is a highly controversial person in the sword world. But, he is not the only person I've learned from. I've been to many renaissance faires as well as knife shows and I've spoken with many professional sword makers and dealers.
And once again, you dodged the question. Are you surprised that your posts aren't taken very seriously?
"Renaissance fairs'? oh good grief.
So mention his name. Give us some evidence that you actually have an idea of what you're talking about -- because, honestly, your posts so far don't. I have a broad familiarity through study with some European swords and sword tactics, far from expert, but beyond novice. I've done a fair amount of work with several Burmese sword systems. I've done a little bit of fencing, as well. Mostly foil, a touch of epee and saber.
Ok ...ok.. please stop my sides hurt from laughing!!
You mean about providing a direct answer?
His name is Daniel and he is the president of the company called AngelSword. The website for AngelSword is Angel Sword - Custom Swords, Knives and Daggers and as I said he is a highly controversial person in the sword world.
Oh, THAT guy, yup controversial is correct, is he still claiming that his top end blades have some sort of aura around them that people can sense?
I told you that mentioning his name would open a whole different can of worms.
What, you don't like renaissance faires?
I dunno. Making swords break before they are impacted, could be some real sorcery going on
I'm sorry, but I can no longer resist, I have been restarting myself ever since I read the title of this post and I can no longer
"Canada makes good swords".... You mean the entire country....wow..... I was not aware the country of Canada was in the sword making business...who knew...
ok...sorry... it had to be done.....I feel better now...
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