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    Sorry, the sword is no longer available!

    Sorry, the sword is no longer available!
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    Dear Nick, According to the XE currency...

    Dear Nick,

    According to the XE currency converter 435 CAD would be about right. :) I would prefer wire transfer because the buyer can transfer the money to my account directly, for a very small...
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    British 1885 pattern cavalry sword

    Overall length: 98,5cm, blade length: 85cm, blade width: 3 cm. Markings: 1/85 on the ricasso, War Department stamp with arrow on the outer side of the hilt.

    All in all, a superbly preserved sword...
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    So if I understand correctly, there are still...

    So if I understand correctly, there are still loads of unmounted blades at the AC warehouse? Do they actually sell them? I checked the website but couldn't find anything.
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    Inside, not on a scabbard. This can be done quite easily with a modified spray bottle with a long neck (or a length of thin surgical tubing attached to it).

    I am not a professional conservator, I...
  6. Have you ever used Paraloid B72? It is something...

    Have you ever used Paraloid B72? It is something of an industry standard. To my knowledge, it's also one of the most reversible treatments available. Much more than Renaissance wax for instance.
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  7. No problem and no need for the Mr (as nice as it...

    No problem and no need for the Mr (as nice as it sounds :) ) either, Tomaz will do.

    I actually talked about your dillema to another conservator today who specializes in arms and armor. All things...
  8. Just talked to a friend of mine on the phone......

    Just talked to a friend of mine on the phone... Not knowing the exact condition of the scabbards in question, one way a professional would generally do it is as follows: clean both the inside of the...
  9. Renaissance wax is used to preserve wood, too....

    Renaissance wax is used to preserve wood, too. Though applying it to the inside of a wooden scabbard would be pretty much impossible to do well.

    There are many substances that will protect wood...
  10. It is a pretty complex issue. I have been...

    It is a pretty complex issue. I have been involved in the making of several museum replicas based on an excavated original in the past years. Corrosion is almost always a significant factor with...
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    I have never been seriously into making Japanese...

    I have never been seriously into making Japanese blades aside from a few practice pieces and I'm sure there are tons of people here who could give much better advice... But anyway, if you want a...
  12. Though if you are thinking about making replicas...

    Though if you are thinking about making replicas do not forget to take into account the loss of material due to corrosion. Most excavated early medieval swords are severely corroded, which means the...
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    I suspect they are, though. I have handled two...

    I suspect they are, though. I have handled two swords sold by the eBay seller Handmadesword and at least one of them was identical to one particular model on the www.handmadesword.com website. BTW,...
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    I was meaning to suggest epoxy or contact glue...

    I was meaning to suggest epoxy or contact glue until I saw the picture. At a second thought, I would agree with Rob's advice - soldering would work best in this case. I wouldn't be worried about...
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    Oh... Wow! :drool: :rolleyes: ;)

    Oh... Wow! :drool: :rolleyes: ;)
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    Renting an apartment in London

    A good friend of mine has got an internship at the V&A starting around 15 February. She would like to rent a small, not too expensive apartment reasonably close within London for the duration of her...
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    Robert, I know - but it is the method used by the...

    Robert, I know - but it is the method used by the traditional blacksmith and it is the way it was done for a couple of millenia... In the times before the tempering oven. :)
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    In my experience, it's done to prevent the heat...

    In my experience, it's done to prevent the heat leaking to any inappropriate sections of a blade. You could temper a blade over a fire, heat to correct temperature and leave it cool in the air but...
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    Hmm Jeroen, though I'm surely no expert on Bronze...

    Hmm Jeroen, though I'm surely no expert on Bronze Age weapons and share your reservations about this particular sword I have nonetheless noticed there are many different ways how amateurs and illegal...
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    As far as I'm concerned her contribution to the...

    As far as I'm concerned her contribution to the show has far less to do with her skills and education than some of her other... eh.... attributes. :p

    BTW, I know at least one engineer who gets a...
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    IMHO anything presented on Mythbusters should be...

    IMHO anything presented on Mythbusters should be taken with an iceberg-sized grain of salt. It is basically a show that is meant to be fun and entertaining for the masses (plus a lot of bang and...
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    Well, the gentleman on the picture is delivering...

    Well, the gentleman on the picture is delivering a straight downward cut at a breastplate solidly supported vertically. This is not a situation that one would commonly find on the battlefield. A cut...
  23. SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and AISI...

    SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) are two basically identical American standards and are often quoted together (SAE/AISI).

    You can find some more...
  24. 1040 (AISI - standard American designation) is a...

    1040 (AISI - standard American designation) is a medium carbon steel that should reach about 55HRc after quench. It could be tempered to around 50HRc, which is pretty much an ideal range for swords....
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    Which would still be a relatively decent wage by...

    Which would still be a relatively decent wage by Czech standards, however. One has to keep it in the proper perspective. Labor is still much less expensive in the Czech Republich than Western Europe...
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