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    mail being rather time-intensive to make (trust...

    mail being rather time-intensive to make (trust me!) it is assumed that any warrior worth his salt would maintain it to the best of his abilities. This would probably mean rolling it in the sand...
  2. i picked up a long stem wood pipe at the local...

    i picked up a long stem wood pipe at the local Tinderbox for around $40. hope that helps.
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    Red Troll Forge

    Not looking to give free advertising (or unintentionally trash someone)... but could anyone tell me of their experiences with Red Troll Forge in Vancouver, Washington (USA)?

    I am considering...
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    Damn, I got here too late, and it turned into an...

    Damn, I got here too late, and it turned into an armour discussion... I would be VERY interested in a properly done reenactment, renn fair, whatever. Please PM or e-mail me if this thing actually...
  5. katars can't punch through maille?!:D you just...

    katars can't punch through maille?!:D
    you just need to try harder!
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    so my overlapping maile is garbage? It holds up...

    so my overlapping maile is garbage? It holds up MUCH better than butted, and still flexes just fine. I understand it is not historically accurate, but you have to know what you're looking at to...
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    Hello and welcome! Hope you like it here!

    Hello and welcome! Hope you like it here!
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    +1 for zelazny! forgot to mention him... great...

    +1 for zelazny! forgot to mention him... great series, very unique fantasy world.
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    is there a name for this type of short sword? ...

    is there a name for this type of short sword? Falchion, cutlass, what? I specifically like the knuckle duster guard, and the clipped point with a short backedge is very nice! An excellent design,...
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    'zwiehander' sword, right? You could make one......

    'zwiehander' sword, right? You could make one... out of wood. Or aluminum... or, what, 30 lbs + of steel? Guess it would hurt to get hit by... if you could swing it. There is an innuendo in there...
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    aarrrghh... I give up. nerds!:p

    aarrrghh... I give up. nerds!:p
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    thaisuki make good blades?

    Guy by the name of 'Thaisuki' maybe Thai Suki, I dunno...
    Claims to make Nihonto tradition katanas. Very good appearance, but the prices don't match up. His 'Musashi' katana sells for $200 cheaper...
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    a very well done and thorough test! I especially...

    a very well done and thorough test! I especially appreciated the maille test, probably because I make maille...

    also: good technique on the sapling cut! nice cutting angle, and very smooth cut!...
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    someone wrote a reference in another thread...

    someone wrote a reference in another thread recently... a story about a norseman who could not be defeated in battle due to the quality of his mail... his opponent eventually lured him into...
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    mail- how good does it have to be?

    I have seen riveted mail, butted mail, various forms of plated mail, etcetera.

    I personally make extra lousy butted mail clipped with a pair of cable cutters, so the ends come out sharper than...
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    if both edges were hardened, the soft center...

    if both edges were hardened, the soft center would serve little purpose. Any flexibility would be canceled by one or both edges. I could also see the problem with transferring 'shock' from impact...
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    the crystal stoppers for crystal booze bottles...

    the crystal stoppers for crystal booze bottles are called 'scent stoppers' for obvious reasons. The pommel shape is very similar to these. Watch a James Bond movie. The villain should have a few...
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    straight out of science fiction! Tom Swift books...

    straight out of science fiction! Tom Swift books had a whole novel about deep-sea diving suits made out of a plastic (the author called it 'baroblast') that hardens in response to impact/pressure. ...
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    my MRL gladius has a WAISTED blade, is that the...

    my MRL gladius has a WAISTED blade, is that the same thing?
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    ban on armour?! seems a little backward, no? I...

    ban on armour?! seems a little backward, no? I think you are already banned firearms of all kinds, right? Now you can't even protect yourself passively? dang. imported stuff only, or illegal to...
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    If you wanted to get rid of those ugly old...

    If you wanted to get rid of those ugly old blades... I could use some grinding/shaping practice. If you felt like cuttin' a deal on, say half a dozen of your ugliest, I could make that mess go away...
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    I was hoping for responses along the lines of: ...

    I was hoping for responses along the lines of:

    here's a pic of my swords I consider 'vorpal'

    or

    here's a pic of A sword I consider 'vorpal'

    or
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    The only place I have seen glass swords even...

    The only place I have seen glass swords even hinted at being actually used for combat was in an old computer game. The swords were used as single-use assassin blades, the theory being that the glass...
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    just postin' reply, not readin' responses, so...

    just postin' reply, not readin' responses, so forgive repeats:

    Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time series
    George R. Martin: forgot the series name.... good stuff though
    Glen Cook: The Black Company...
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    nerds. may your die crack and shatter.

    nerds. may your die crack and shatter.
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