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    Perhaps you should read up on the discussion on...

    Perhaps you should read up on the discussion on swords held by various militaries in the 19th and early 20th centuries when they were still used in battle and why various ones were considered an...
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    If you really want to make a business out of this...

    If you really want to make a business out of this take as many SBA (Small Business Administration) courses you can as soon as possible!

    Look over http://www.sba.gov
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    Michael; have you looked at the folding knife...

    Michael; have you looked at the folding knife #309 in "Knives and Scabbards, Museum of London" as a possible medieval/modern day carry knife?
  4. Buy what your instructor mandates; spending on a...

    Buy what your instructor mandates; spending on a sword that they won't allow in the door is a waste of time and money.

    Studying swordplay without an instructor is Darwinism in action.
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    Sellers have been mis-representing things so long...

    Sellers have been mis-representing things so long that there is even a latin phrase for it: Caveat Emptor

    Often is is from ignorance rather than malice or greed.
  6. Modern, Tourist, scale sword of little value

    Modern, Tourist, scale sword of little value
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    Washing the bone down with something to remove...

    Washing the bone down with something to remove any grease from the surface can help a lot. I use the toxic acetone.
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    It's completely banned by some countries and not...

    It's completely banned by some countries and not impacted at all by others. Some have onerous customs hoops you have to jump through and others don't. Some make a big difference between antique...
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    It's completely banned by some countries and not...

    It's completely banned by some countries and not impacted at all by others. Some have onerous customs hoops you have to jump through and others don't. Some make a bid difference between antique...
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    The heat treating of the sword can make a big...

    The heat treating of the sword can make a big difference. Japanese swords that are traditionally clay hardened will often have a much softer back than edge and so can be engraved/carved. Through...
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    I thought about a partizan as well; though most I...

    I thought about a partizan as well; though most I have seen do not have a separate "quillons" piece but an integral one built in.

    It's way heavy for a using item though; so I'll go with...
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    What is the weight?

    What is the weight?
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    What's the weight? Weight is often a clear...

    What's the weight? Weight is often a clear indication between real and display pieces.
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    Sorry they are kept in the safe deposit box in...

    Sorry they are kept in the safe deposit box in the bank and I do not show them off online!
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    OK Tsuba art ranges so much, I have some old ones...

    OK Tsuba art ranges so much, I have some old ones that were simple outline pierce work and then some that were fully carved and inlaid; didn't know what style you wanted.
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    Nice. Where are you getting your bog oak; I...

    Nice.

    Where are you getting your bog oak; I need to source some for knife handles and all I have been finding has been chopped up into pen blanks?
  17. In general the rust on the tang is used as an...

    In general the rust on the tang is used as an indication of real age and on a historic blade removing the rust can drop the value by *thousands* of dollars.

    Why people tend to get a bit nervous...
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    Wow; I was scrolling through the pictures...

    Wow; I was scrolling through the pictures thinking "lovely", "lovely" and then pic 4 hit me upside of the head. How it must have traveled!
  19. I think it's a modern copy of the Carlos V sword...

    I think it's a modern copy of the Carlos V sword as the fuller and tapering on the blade don't look like the tourist pieces I have seen that seem to be based on sheetmetal and so a very flattened...
  20. I think it's a modern copy of the Carlos V sword...

    I think it's a modern copy of the Carlos V sword as the fuller and tapering on the blade don't look like the tourist pieces I have seen that seem to be based on sheetmetal and so a very flattened...
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    How fancy/what style? Would something like this...

    How fancy/what style? Would something like this work for you? http://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/29509-rabbit-engraving/
  22. I hope they allowed the mugger to buy lottery...

    I hope they allowed the mugger to buy lottery tickets while his luck was running so high! Messing with even retired Gurkhas is generally considered a hazardous hobby indeed!
  23. May I suggest moving this to the japanese sword...

    May I suggest moving this to the japanese sword forum AKA ni-honto forum located on this site?
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    Note that insurance considerations may depend...

    Note that insurance considerations may depend heavily on where you live; the rules for the UK differing from those for Singapore, South Africa, Chile,...
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    When I look at swords to buy I like to see the...

    When I look at swords to buy I like to see the specifications for the blades listed: length, width, balance point, *WEIGHT*, etc I know with custom work this is often variable but even an...
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