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    Hello, Your sword seems to be well-balanced...

    Hello,

    Your sword seems to be well-balanced and has an excellent weight for real rapier swordplay. However, it would be too dangerous to train with it: it has a real point and quite an edge, at...
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    Hello to the forum, The author of this article...

    Hello to the forum,

    The author of this article happens to be a good friend of mine, and we could discuss his research at the time of publishing the article. As for me (and at some extent, for him)...
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    Hello to all, This is a Spanish Infantry...

    Hello to all,

    This is a Spanish Infantry Officers' Machete, c. 1895. There is no regulation supporting its adoption, but nevertheless in this form (eagle-head hilt, made in German silver) was...
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    And made with 420 stainless steel... true...

    And made with 420 stainless steel... true wallhangers, stay well apart from them if you are looking for a real sword to cut or simply wield it safely.
  5. Hello, I think that this dagger has a Spanish...

    Hello,

    I think that this dagger has a Spanish origin. It is very similar to those made in Albacete (in Southeastern Spain) since the second half of 19th century, up to the 1930's, more or less....
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    Bad spelling for Chatellerault?

    Bad spelling for Chatellerault?
  7. I find your explanation excellent, Vladimir,...

    I find your explanation excellent, Vladimir, thanks a lot for the detailed information provided. I was once trying to ID a similar piece, and now I've got all the clues.

    Best,
    Juan
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    Sticky: Hey, weren't they at war at the moment? :-) ...

    Hey, weren't they at war at the moment? :-)

    Nice picture anyway. I suppose it was taken during the signature of a peace treaty, a truce or the like.
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    Yes, it could be original. Maybe the pommel is a...

    Yes, it could be original. Maybe the pommel is a replacement, and the original riveted screws may have been replaced, too, but the rest looks like the real thing. However, for this kind of pieces a...
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    Well, nobody has said that explicitly so far, but...

    Well, nobody has said that explicitly so far, but of course it is a Spanish rapier, mid-to-late 17th century. It would be good to know what the inscription reads, by the way.
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    Hi, Artem. If you mean the mark that Gene has...

    Hi, Artem.

    If you mean the mark that Gene has pointed out, it looks like the anchor mark quite often found on blades made in Solingen, whoever the maker. About the faded lettering, only a portion...
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    My experience regarding this kind of auctions is...

    My experience regarding this kind of auctions is quite bad. I've tried with Hermann Historica several times for quite a number of items, and the fact that they accept both in person (during the...
  13. Hi, There could be a pair of long wooden...

    Hi,

    There could be a pair of long wooden inserts inside the scabbard, originally intended to avoid the rattle of the blade when riding a horse, that should be removed before such cleaning (and...
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    Hello, Brian. The symbols on your blade...

    Hello, Brian.

    The symbols on your blade (crescent moons) are typical of generic Solingen (Germany) production since the 18th century, or earlier. I'd say that the blade of this big hunting knife...
  15. However I will avoid using a heat gun. It could...

    However I will avoid using a heat gun. It could easily affect the paint if overheated. I think that Ren Wax is fluid enough at room temperature to soak and seal the rust before it dries. At least in...
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    Ok, that has sense... thanks!

    Ok, that has sense... thanks!
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    I see... on the other hand, quite a huge knife...

    I see... on the other hand, quite a huge knife for a pilot!

    (OK, it is told that Japanese ones carried their wakizashis in their narrow cockpits, but well...)
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    Maybe transitional, but I can't see nothing too...

    Maybe transitional, but I can't see nothing too Spanish in it. Spanish early smallswords had enough room at the ricasso to accommodate the index finger, more than in this example, to hold them in the...
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    What an interesting piece, I have never heard of...

    What an interesting piece, I have never heard of such knives. The pommel looks pretty similar to Moro Krises from the Philippines, so the connection would not be entirely out of place. This one is a...
  20. Well, but $500 for a repro of the 70's is still a...

    Well, but $500 for a repro of the 70's is still a good bite!

    What is more, if they already admit it is a repro, they have to state it clearly in the description. Otherwise they are fooling their...
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    OK, thanks for the comments.

    OK, thanks for the comments.
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    Hi, Dale. One question about the "Extra purchase"...

    Hi, Dale. One question about the "Extra purchase" swords. Were the German ex-soldiers allowed to carry such swords once they had left the active service? If that was the case, on which occasions? I...
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    Will and Reese, thanks for your comments. Maybe...

    Will and Reese, thanks for your comments. Maybe the only material recycled for those grips were the original molds for the sword grips. Or was it an early marketing maneuver, to take advantage of the...
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    Just one question for Wilkinson's blades...

    Just one question for Wilkinson's blades experts... the grips of these knives, were surplus P1908 sword grips, or were fashioned exactly in the same way because of some other reason? They do look...
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    You are welcome. Any chance of posting a picture?...

    You are welcome. Any chance of posting a picture? (or two...;))
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