Canada makes good swords

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  1. PhotonGuy

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    You have to consider that some of the people at renaissance festivals make and sell swords for a living, so they know what they're talking about.
     
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    There are a lot of people that profit handsomely out of making and selling junk.
     
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    The world is full of used car salesmen who make a living selling junk to people who don't know any better. All that means is they know how to sell junk. It doesn't mean their junk is anything but junk.
     
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    Maybe you might get lucky and find someone who knows what there talking about, now selling what is good completely different topic. Finding both in this type of scenario would probably be very unlikely
     
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    I've also taken classes on swords and sword use and I've talked with people who are serious sword collectors.
     
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    Finally, an actual answer! We truly live in an age of wonder!

    Sure, anybody can have an opinion. But if you want your opinion to carry any weight and credibility, you need to actually have some form of appropriate credentials/training/experience, and actually make sense. I can certainly have an opinion on child birth. I suspect most women who have given birth might suggest that my opinion is less than credible, since I'm not an OB/GYN and male. I've only been a spectator... and I just kind of think that they may not think that qualifies me very well.
     
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    Here's one you can look at: Maryland Renaissance Festival.

    Personally, they can be fun, and some of the shows and demonstrations are neat -- but it's mostly a colorful way to separate my money from my wallet.
     
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    Another good place to get advice on swords is the Sword Buyers Guide, SBG. There website is this Sword Buyers Guide Home
     
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    Ah... There are actually some very knowledgeable folks at some of them. Watch a guy making bows, for example, who was quite a skilled woodworker. I especially was impressed with his shaving horse (not this guy, just an example) and he was an impressively deft hand with a spoke shave. Stuff that would take me hours to do a barely acceptable job of he did in a few minutes. There are some skilled smiths. Of course, there are also plenty of folks there hawking their crap, too, who basically know enough to say "this pointy thing is a sword... unless it's a spear. I'm pretty sure it's not a fork. But I'm pretty, and look at my chest... Thank you for spending your money on this, good sir." View attachment $minnesota-renaissance-fair-preview-wenches-and-royalty.5295022.87.jpg

    (My apologies to this lovely lass; she was seized solely for imagery, and may well be incredibly intelligent and deadly with a sword. I haven't a clue...)
     
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    And the Mead.

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    I don't disagree that some of the craftspeople are skilled. I disagree that you can gain any appreciable degree of knowledge by chatting them up while they're either making something or selling something.
     
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    Mmm, it's more a pastiche 'Merry England' really, looking at the storyline though, the Howards are still going strong btw, it's still a rich and powerful family, the late Sir David Frost was married to a Howard. We still have meadery's and we still have people who make bows, many of our buildings are older than 'the Renassiance, though here we don't tend to call it that at all. Still I imagine it may be fun even though the history is a tad dubious actually the word that comes to mind is naff but hey each to their own lol.
     
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    Do you have sword makers?
     
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    The history is beyond dubious. They may have a few historical figures, and some groups try to keep more strictly period than others... but a ren faire is not like a visit to Colonial Williamsburg where they (publicly) try to research and recreate historical eras. (And, incidentally separate you from your money...)
     
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    Now I'm inspired to forge a good old Broadsword. Just got remember where I left the Blue Peter instructions.
     
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    I'll get the sticky back plastic. :cheers:
     

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