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    JOHN BARNETT swords

    Hi
    anyone heard of this swordmaker?
    he works in the UK, offering swords on ebay.
    wondering if they are wallhangers or not?
    thanks
    What does not kill me makes me stronger.

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    Apparently they are made by an Indian company to his designs. There's some information here.

    Bottom line; they're better than wallhangers, being EN45 "spring steel" and following somewhat historical designs, but until someone buys one and does a proper review, we won't know how much worse or better they might be than, say, Windlass/Museum Replicas. They could be as good in some areas, not so hot in others.

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    This maker was discussed online by UK re-enactors last month:

    http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/vi...hlight=barnett

    There are better sword makers in the UK.

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    I've handled a couple John Barnetts at a local Highland games (yes, here in the states!). A Spatha was attractive, had a nice scabbard, and handled pretty well, while a Scottish basket hilt was overweight and clunky. Those were the only two they had on display. I was unable to gauge temper or anything else.
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    thanks for the info
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