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  1. Thread: Basket Hilts

    by Marius M
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    Sticky: One and only

    Hello,

    Here is my one and only basket hilt sword. I suspect it is Scottish, late 18 century but nothing is certain and I would appreciate any comments!
  2. Thank you for the ideas! Will try something and...

    Thank you for the ideas! Will try something and let you know how it worked.

    Meanwhile can anybody tell me more about my sword? Late 18 century? Scottish or English?
  3. Thank you for the advice! Already tried...

    Thank you for the advice!

    Already tried brushing off the brown rust. Even added some WD40. Some came off, but most of it remained.

    I am also familiarvwith Ren Wax as I am using it extensively....
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    Click on "Manage attachments" and make sure the...

    Click on "Manage attachments" and make sure the photos you attach have the allowed size.

    ;)
  5. Scottish Broadsword for comments and advice

    Hello,

    Not long ago, I got the Scottish Broadsword in the photos below.

    1. Any comments about the sword are welcomed!

    2. The sword is very nicely patinated but it has some brown rust in...
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    Hello Gene, I do not think your blade is...

    Hello Gene,
    I do not think your blade is crystalline wootz. From what I see your blade is nice old wootz but is badly in need of some polishing and etching. I would polish it to grit 2000 (do not...
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    Hello Guy, In my opinion you have a nice late...

    Hello Guy,
    In my opinion you have a nice late 18th century Syrian Shamshir with a pattern welded blade. It is also possible that your blade is a fake wootz attempt (hard to discern from the photos...
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    I am not very knowledgeable but it definitely...

    I am not very knowledgeable but it definitely doesn't look Afghan to me.
  9. Thread: Schamshir ?

    by Marius M
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    Persian blade for sure and most probably Persian...

    Persian blade for sure and most probably Persian hilt as well... albeit both can be from the beginning of 18th century as well... my guess.

    Good catch! :)
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    Hello, I am quite convinced it is a...

    Hello,
    I am quite convinced it is a display/fantasy sword, possibly made by a backyard would be swordsmith. One giveaway would be the edge simply formed by scandi grind and the unmistakable traces...
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    Hello Gijs, Showing us the sword (meaning the...

    Hello Gijs,

    Showing us the sword (meaning the unsheathed sword) might help.

    Regards,

    Marius

    PS: It looks like a very new sword...
    :confused:
  12. Thread: Etching WOOTZ

    by Marius M
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    Hey Jens, Milk is not good because is too milky....

    Hey Jens,
    Milk is not good because is too milky. :p
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    Thak you for the photos but unfortunately, they...

    Thak you for the photos but unfortunately, they don't help too much.

    Wootz or not, the blade needs some cleaning. ;)

    Regards,

    Marius
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    Hello Gene, I still have the impression the...

    Hello Gene,

    I still have the impression the blade is wootz. And if it is, then at least the blade is earlier.
    Can I please get some close-up photos of the blade?

    Now, wootz or not, these...
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    Position 81 Espada (DE115u). Material: acero. ...

    Position 81 Espada (DE115u).
    Material: acero.
    Técnica: forjado y grabado.
    Medidas: 115 x 30 x 13 cm.
    Longitud de la hoja: 95 cm.
    Lugar de fabricación: Alemania.
    Cronología: ...
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    Judging by their presence in a single museum, it...

    Judging by their presence in a single museum, it appears the Brach family was quite proficient and produced a few remarcable swordsmiths.

    Here is an excerpt fro the catalogue of Museum of Fine...
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    The most I have seen, have wootz blades and...

    The most I have seen, have wootz blades and ivory, but no stone scales, as stone scales became more fashionable in the 19th century. However, many older blades were refurbished in the 19th century...
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    Hello Chris, Judging by the shape of the...

    Hello Chris,

    Judging by the shape of the blade, I would say it is a boarding sword. However, the hilt is rather unusual for those swords.

    In conclusion... no conclusion. ;)

    I'm curious to...
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    The blade might be wootz. The scales appear to be...

    The blade might be wootz. The scales appear to be a more recent replacement.

    Better close-up photos would help.
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    Does it have an edge?

    Does it have an edge?
  21. Thread: Etching WOOTZ

    by Marius M
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    and some photos of the end results (please note...

    and some photos of the end results (please note that I am not good at taking photos and I only have a compact camera)

    The blade in the last photo, a Tukish Bichak was etched with the alternative...
  22. Thread: Etching WOOTZ

    by Marius M
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    Etching WOOTZ

    It happened that during the last years I acquired a few Persian and Indian blades that were in poor condition and needed cleaning and etching, to bring back the wootz patterning. To my surprise, I...
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    This would be one situation when I'm happy to be...

    This would be one situation when I'm happy to be wrong. :)

    I am generally rather suspicious to the point some colleague forumites called me paranoid. :D
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    I am sure that if you show us the whole blade it...

    I am sure that if you show us the whole blade it will be fully appreciated!

    Regards,

    Marius
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    Hello Kristian, Have read your posting two...

    Hello Kristian,

    Have read your posting two times and didn't find anything to disagree with. ;) Shirasaya is definitely the best, time-proven way.

    Just to add that in my oppinon and experience...
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