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    Good to know. Thanks.

    Good to know. Thanks.
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    I think the point about "frosting" is a good one,...

    I think the point about "frosting" is a good one, but polishing during a swords working life, or even at the hands of a collector will remove much of that detail. Time spent at a collectors fair is...
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    Thank you for the links.. I live and learn.

    Thank you for the links.. I live and learn.
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    Interesting. Do you have a link or a reference?

    Interesting. Do you have a link or a reference?
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    The "guard" usually is iron or steel, brass is...

    The "guard" usually is iron or steel, brass is too soft to do the job.
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    Cutlasses were issued and used right into the...

    Cutlasses were issued and used right into the 20th century, as is discussed elsewhere on this site. The use of copper hose rivets on the scabbard point to a later date for that item. Then again it...
  7. There is of course no substitute for looking at...

    There is of course no substitute for looking at and handling the real thing, and... Always consider the build quality of the item. They were made to a specification set by the government, so...
  8. I would never advise flexing an antique blade,...

    I would never advise flexing an antique blade, all it needs is one hairline crack and you have a sharp piece of steel flying back at you, and a now worthless sword.
  9. It's not a waste of time though is it! You've...

    It's not a waste of time though is it! You've avoided being cheated, and we have had a look at what is being faked currently.
  10. And ruined by an idiot with an eletro etch.

    And ruined by an idiot with an eletro etch.
  11. Military, but officers and private purchase, have...

    Military, but officers and private purchase, have (rewarding) fun researching it.....
  12. As with so many other things, a lot depends on...

    As with so many other things, a lot depends on the asking price, and how that compares with the price for something better.
  13. Wow, now that is a nice piece to get your hands...

    Wow, now that is a nice piece to get your hands on.
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    I have recovered two grips now, one turned out...

    I have recovered two grips now, one turned out better than the other, but I am redoing that one. I used waxed linen sewing thread for leather, and it seems to be just about right for the job. I did...
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    I doubt the string binding being too thin was the...

    I doubt the string binding being too thin was the problem... The turns are supposed to be spaced, not jammed together, so that the wire then seats neatly between them. This is from an Italian HC...
  16. Thread: Unknown Sword

    by David R
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    Whatever it is, it's a damn fine sword!

    Whatever it is, it's a damn fine sword!
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    Yep, I can see where you are going with that one,...

    Yep, I can see where you are going with that one, and a trick I will bear in mind. I find that the type of leather matters a lot as well. Getting something thin enough, but sturdy enough and with the...
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    Standard leather-working practice, the same as...

    Standard leather-working practice, the same as you should not soak leather in hot water to soften it. It doesn't matter that much in a wallhanger, but it's not best practice. However don't take my...
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    What I do, is wrap a slightly oversized piece of...

    What I do, is wrap a slightly oversized piece of vegetable tanned leather piece over the cord covered grip, that has been sammed, ie soaked and then wrung out. No microwaving as long term it wrecks...
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    For some reason, didn't turn up on my feed 'till...

    For some reason, didn't turn up on my feed 'till today! Are you a new member, which might have led to your post awaiting approval?
    Very interesting to me.
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    What you describe is very like the British 1892...

    What you describe is very like the British 1892 blade, with it's "dumbbell" section forte.
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    It purports to be Chinese bronze age, but given...

    It purports to be Chinese bronze age, but given the number of replicas coming out of China, and Chinese rules about the export of anything over 100 years old..........
  23. Thread: Kammerstücken

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    Britain certainly did, manufacture shared to...

    Britain certainly did, manufacture shared to Sheffield, plain blades without etching, and leather covered grips rather than Shagreen. Matt Easton has some cracking examples, and one of mine probably...
  24. The guard looks French, other bits I am not...

    The guard looks French, other bits I am not sure..... I think its a "shotgun job" as in bits from at least two different swords put together.
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    French revolution period or earlier Dragoon Sabre...

    French revolution period or earlier Dragoon Sabre is my guess..... But don't bet money on it, it's only a guess.
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