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  1. Thanks Will, I really appreciate the lead on that...

    Thanks Will, I really appreciate the lead on that book and will chase it down - I’ve also been trying to get a hold of a copy of “The metallography of early ferrous edge tools and edged weapons” by...
  2. I’m interested that you mention case hardening on...

    I’m interested that you mention case hardening on German swords Will as I’ve not heard of case hardening being used on swords or other types of edged weapons or edged tools before. I’ve seen quite a...
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    You may be right, though to be honest I donít believe it is streaking due to the solvent used Will. It didnít go away after washing the sword down with soapy water and drying it before reapplying the...
  4. You may be right, though to be honest I don’t...

    You may be right, though to be honest I don’t believe it is streaking due to the solvent used Will. It didn’t go away after washing the sword down with soapy water and drying it before reapplying the...
  5. Question on what appears to be a Damascus type metallurgy in 1796 HCTS

    After using a mild solvent to remove the Renaissance Wax on my 1796 HCTS to clean off some finger prints on the blade I noticed what appears to be a Damascus like pattern in the blade (below) -...
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    For what itís worth, rather than resorting to abrasives, Iíve very happily used molasses and water (at about a 5/1 mix) to remove heavy rust from a couple of old somewhat insignificant swords and...
  7. Yes - “Believed to be....” seems to be the get...

    Yes - “Believed to be....” seems to be the get out of jail free quote for many shady dealers descriptions
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    That makes at least two old cynics Ben, I canít say that Iíd have been particularly drawn to it either. Iím somewhat surprised at the price it went for.
  9. For what it might be worth, here’s the other side...

    For what it might be worth, here’s the other side with no sign of any corresponding marks (that I can see) - apologies that it’s not as clear a photo, I didn’t realise until after I’d downloaded it...
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    Very nice Mathew and wonderful to see that they...

    Very nice Mathew and wonderful to see that they turned up the way they left. Congratulations and well deserved by the sounds or it - I don’t feel so bad about pipping you on the 1796 HCTS now
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    Hi Matt, thank you and yes that’s the one - from...

    Hi Matt, thank you and yes that’s the one - from New Brunswick. My apologies for beating you to it, I think (even more so in hindsight) that it was a very good buy and the seller has been great to...
  12. The marks are only on one side and there’s no...

    The marks are only on one side and there’s no indication of any markings on the reverse side, which I think would be expected if they are vice marks, but I’ll take another photo of the reverse when I...
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    Thanks Gene, and I am indeed chuffed....

    Thanks Gene, and I am indeed chuffed. Interestingly, they said they restored the patina of age where they’d polished out the gouges using mustard.....???? I didn’t get the chance to pursue that...
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    It does Will and I already have the washer cut...

    It does Will and I already have the washer cut for it waiting at home to be fitted - interestingly (to me anyway) a nice chunky piece of leather salvaged from a sea boat davit skid on the Australian...
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    Funny you should ask Ben, I just threw up a...

    Funny you should ask Ben, I just threw up a thread asking about the markings on the tang before opening this thread - there are these somewhat obscure markings on the tang:
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  16. Stamp on 1796 HCTS tang - does anyone recognise what this represents?

    At first glance I thought it may have just been a vice mark or something from a production process but it is undoubtedly been stamped into the tang. It looks somewhat obscure but does anyone...
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    1796 HCTS - Tragedy back to triumph

    The guard from my 1796 pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword, damaged in shipment by Canada Post, came back from the Tharwa Valley Forge today and I honestly could not be more happy with the result....
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    I’ve been able to study my sabre for a (working)...

    I’ve been able to study my sabre for a (working) week now, it having arrived on Monday, and I am quite comfortable that it is as was advertised by the seller - attributed to the 7th Hussars.

    The...
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    I initially questioned the same H on the guard...

    I initially questioned the same H on the guard Will, wondering if he’d drawn a bit of a long bow for the marketing but I concluded that the spacings were more consistent with it being a 7.H than a...
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    Thanks Ben and Jerry, I’m feeling pretty pleased...

    Thanks Ben and Jerry, I’m feeling pretty pleased with it
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    A nice outcome in the 1796 LCTS quest

    I previously posted about my disappointment with my somewhat impulsive bid on a 1796 Light Cav’ Troopers Sabre on another thread (querying the availability of scabbards) and because I feel the need...
  22. Well I confess I was hoping to be pleasantly...

    Well I confess I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised but in truth I’m slapping myself for being the naive newbie. Buyer beware.

    The sabre turned up here today, in remarkable time really. In...
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    :-)
  24. Thank you for the reassuring words Jerry and Ben,...

    Thank you for the reassuring words Jerry and Ben, they are very much appreciated.
    cheers
    Greg
  25. Whoops! .........I think!......... and...

    Whoops! .........I think!.........

    and confession time where I expect I may get laughed off the forum, but I only have myself to blame.

    After reading all of this wise advice I very recklessly,...
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