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  1. WTB - United Cutlery Highlander katana

    Hi all,

    I've decided to go for one of these despite its flaws, so if you have one you no longer want to keep or are thinking of upgrading to a more expensive prop replica, let me know a price.
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    WTB Highlander tsuka

    Hi all,

    Pleased to discover my account still active! This may be a long shot, but I'm looking for a Marto, Martespa, UC, or other replica plastic/resin tsuka, partly because of UK law (let's not...
  3. I'm on a phone, so can't get a good look at your...

    I'm on a phone, so can't get a good look at your pics, but it would appear to be a British 1821 pattern Heavy Cavalry officer's sword. Note that the date doesn't tell you when it was made or used....
  4. There's a trailer for it here; ...

    There's a trailer for it here;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR_ltIlAeYA

    and a bit more footage here;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av_rZIwo4L0

    Nothing compares to the 360 degree...
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    We had a thread about this at the time. Worth a...

    We had a thread about this at the time. Worth a read. As usual the journalist has simplified almost to the point of nonsense some genuine scientific research that is well worth seeking out.
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    Sorry David - this was a bit of zombie-thread...

    Sorry David - this was a bit of zombie-thread resurrection on my part.
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    Just seen this again, and Septimus' sabre is very...

    Just seen this again, and Septimus' sabre is very much like the British pattern 1803 infantry officer's sabre. Most of the swords in the film seem to have been modelled on existing historical...
  8. Then your first stop absolutely must be this...

    Then your first stop absolutely must be this book;

    Swords of the British Army: The Regulation Patterns 1788 to 1914 (Revised Edition) by Brian Robson. Published by The National Army Museum 1996.
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  9. The blades vary I think, but typically yes, there...

    The blades vary I think, but typically yes, there are no fullers, and they are wedge-shaped in cross-section. The blade is quite narrow too, and has quite marked curvature.

    Whilst still practical...
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    Who did?

    Who did?
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    The example I saw was dated at least 1815, as...

    The example I saw was dated at least 1815, as this was the year the owner was awarded his GCB. If I see it again I will check for maker's marks.
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    I've seen an Order of the Bath sword with a very...

    I've seen an Order of the Bath sword with a very similar cross, if that helps at all.
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    We're aware of what he's asking. The problem is...

    We're aware of what he's asking. The problem is that this is not something that has been addressed directly by academics (so far as I'm aware), so all that can be done is for those who recall seeing...
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    No substitute for actually seeing and handling...

    No substitute for actually seeing and handling the real thing, but noted collector Ewart Oakeshott describes a sword that was still noticeably sharp;
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    This comes up with depressing regularity (see...

    This comes up with depressing regularity (see this recent thread), and is utter tosh. Whilst sharpness varies from sword to sword, there are plenty of medieval and later swords that are still...
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    The fresh, patchy rust over otherwise clean steel...

    The fresh, patchy rust over otherwise clean steel is another discrepancy IMO. Possible if an antique had been well cared-for and then left in inappropriate conditions, but equally could be seen on an...
  17. I'm tending toward hippocrocodillapig myself.

    I'm tending toward hippocrocodillapig myself.
  18. Still lacking in the wing department. And...

    Still lacking in the wing department.

    And everyone knows camels can't use swords.
  19. Not so - most hippocamps have no wings, and...

    Not so - most hippocamps have no wings, and horses' hooves;

    http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=hippocamp&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi
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  20. Point taken, but it does have wings, and doesn't...

    Point taken, but it does have wings, and doesn't have horses' hooves (neither are they griffon's forelegs though, I do admit).

    Neither one nor the other? Or does it still qualify as a hippocampus?
  21. Tis an hippogriff regardant, is it not? And that...

    Tis an hippogriff regardant, is it not? And that eye with the rays - has to be a family crest (with possibly masonic overtones!) rather than any regimental device.
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    Damn, sorry. I should have paid closer attention...

    Damn, sorry. I should have paid closer attention to the context there. Mark is quite right.
  23. Are you sure it's actually steel (stainless or...

    Are you sure it's actually steel (stainless or otherwise?). Even if so, it looks like a cast piece, which may not be as strong as other manufacturing methods.
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    SB is Shotley Bridge, Co Durham. ...

    SB is Shotley Bridge, Co Durham.

    http://www.rapper.org.uk/archive/shotley_swords.pdf
  25. Is it really that anatomically correct? And what...

    Is it really that anatomically correct? And what about the leaching theory? It wouldn't have to be something leaning against it.
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