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    I considered a plain wooden grip, but in the end...

    I considered a plain wooden grip, but in the end I went for the older type, leather over string over wood. Another scabbard is always a risk, my experience has been that they rarely match even from...
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    I have one of these dated 1915 on the blade and...

    I have one of these dated 1915 on the blade and 1920 on the langet, no scabbard and no grip, just the metal. When I burned the remains of the "paint" off to clean it up and de rust it, there was a...
  3. An interesting blade, looking at the way the...

    An interesting blade, looking at the way the fuller fades away at the ricasso.
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    To my eye, it looks genuine but refurbished or...

    To my eye, it looks genuine but refurbished or mounted in a simple manner, and not by a skilled cutler. I personally have yet to see a repro' blade with deep struck marks like that.
  5. Properly speaking a Claymore is the two handed...

    Properly speaking a Claymore is the two handed sword carried and used up to the early 18th century, but rare by then. The name was then transferred to the basket hilt, but when and where that...
  6. Hanger or hangar are probably better terms for...

    Hanger or hangar are probably better terms for the earlier era, but those simple hunting swords were around from the late 17thC on. Multiple relevant terms are useful when Googling.
  7. Most likely a hunting hanger or "Cuttoe" as they...

    Most likely a hunting hanger or "Cuttoe" as they were sometimes called. Smallswords were very much dress swords worn to show status rather than for use, though well in period.
    Colonial militia...
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    If I have this right, a time expired conscript...

    If I have this right, a time expired conscript went into the reserves, so there was always a chance he would have to go active again if the country went to war. Add to that the souvenir factor, and I...
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    Good to know. Thanks.

    Good to know. Thanks.
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    I think the point about "frosting" is a good one,...

    I think the point about "frosting" is a good one, but polishing during a swords working life, or even at the hands of a collector will remove much of that detail. Time spent at a collectors fair is...
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    Thank you for the links.. I live and learn.

    Thank you for the links.. I live and learn.
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    Interesting. Do you have a link or a reference?

    Interesting. Do you have a link or a reference?
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    The "guard" usually is iron or steel, brass is...

    The "guard" usually is iron or steel, brass is too soft to do the job.
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    Cutlasses were issued and used right into the...

    Cutlasses were issued and used right into the 20th century, as is discussed elsewhere on this site. The use of copper hose rivets on the scabbard point to a later date for that item. Then again it...
  15. There is of course no substitute for looking at...

    There is of course no substitute for looking at and handling the real thing, and... Always consider the build quality of the item. They were made to a specification set by the government, so...
  16. I would never advise flexing an antique blade,...

    I would never advise flexing an antique blade, all it needs is one hairline crack and you have a sharp piece of steel flying back at you, and a now worthless sword.
  17. It's not a waste of time though is it! You've...

    It's not a waste of time though is it! You've avoided being cheated, and we have had a look at what is being faked currently.
  18. And ruined by an idiot with an eletro etch.

    And ruined by an idiot with an eletro etch.
  19. Military, but officers and private purchase, have...

    Military, but officers and private purchase, have (rewarding) fun researching it.....
  20. As with so many other things, a lot depends on...

    As with so many other things, a lot depends on the asking price, and how that compares with the price for something better.
  21. Wow, now that is a nice piece to get your hands...

    Wow, now that is a nice piece to get your hands on.
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    I have recovered two grips now, one turned out...

    I have recovered two grips now, one turned out better than the other, but I am redoing that one. I used waxed linen sewing thread for leather, and it seems to be just about right for the job. I did...
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    I doubt the string binding being too thin was the...

    I doubt the string binding being too thin was the problem... The turns are supposed to be spaced, not jammed together, so that the wire then seats neatly between them. This is from an Italian HC...
  24. Thread: Unknown Sword

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    Whatever it is, it's a damn fine sword!

    Whatever it is, it's a damn fine sword!
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    Yep, I can see where you are going with that one,...

    Yep, I can see where you are going with that one, and a trick I will bear in mind. I find that the type of leather matters a lot as well. Getting something thin enough, but sturdy enough and with the...
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