USER_SCOPED_TEMP_DATA_MSGR_PHOTO_FOR_UPLOAD_1564058404532received_58590238193751948977_resized20190724_172735_resized-1828382649Hanwei Tinker 9th century Viking sword, sharp. 

What does a cop who runs his department’s weapons training program and range need with a Viking sword? Because I watched a few episodes of Forged in Fire, which led to Alec Steele blacksmithing videos, which reminded me of all of the fantasy books I read as a kid and how I always thought it would be awesome to be a knight or general adventurer.

I’m mostly Germanic heritage, but some Scandinavian and British. So, yeah - Viking sword. 

Because I respect my wife’s opinion on this life we share, I totally didn’t tell her I was buying it. When it came in the mail, she had no idea what it was.  Oh yea, I got a Viking helmet too. Quals are coming up, and PPE is important. 

Day after I got the giant chunk of sharpened spring steel, I took it to work and the range. There, I encountered some rogue weeds that had to be dealt with. They were dispatched with little effort.  A cedar told me my sister was verily overly rotund. I cannot abide such behavior in juvenile cedars. I smited him (smote)?

Every dude at work thought this was the most brilliant purchase of my life and wanted similar items. Every female rolled their eyes at me. This behavior is in no way unusual. 

When I got home, I saw that a cantaloupe and small watermelon had invaded my kitchen, and refused to yield their newly claimed homestead. I was able to wrestle them to the back yard, where I decapitated each in one smooth blow from my sword. 

My wife yelled at me something about ruining her fruit - having no clue that I might have saved our very lives. Wenches just  don’t get my heroics. I shall commission a medal for my valor. 

But seriously, the thing is cool. I already want another one. Arming Sword or Gross Messer - cant decide. I will find a way to carry one at work during qualifications. I just need some chain mail. 

 

Did I mention I’m a dork as well as an idiot?

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Dude. Seriously? How do you post this and not include a photo of said sword and helm? Shame. Shame. Shame.

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I can’t use photobucket anymore. So that’s simple. 

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SPDSNYPR posted:

I can’t use photobucket anymore. So that’s simple. 

Boooooo

Improvise! Adapt! This is LF! Where is your tiddlywink spirit?!?

Also, Imgur is easy and free and after reading your great story, I really want to see your Viking sword and new helmet....

 

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Came for the pics, not seeing any I'm calling this officially "Cool story bro". 

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You don’t want another sword, you NEED a bearded axe, think primary and secondary. Then you can impress the damsels with your transition drills.  

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High Exposure posted:

Dude. Seriously? How do you post this and not include a photo of said sword and helm? Shame. Shame. Shame.

This. The whole set up and then zilch? 

It's like when I was a kid and my buddy told me he got a Playboy and handed me nothing but the Burt Reynolds interview.

if you want a man to keep his head when the crisis comes you must give him some training before it comes. - Seneca

My knife collection is pretty much done. Done in the sense that there aren't any other knives I really want to purchase, and also that I already have so many, I can't remember the total number.

So, the next thing on my list was swords. Because, swords. I have been looking at Hanwei for a long while, and have a small list. I based the list on getting an example of a sword from each "warrior" culture though the ages.

So the list goes something like: knights sword, viking sword, samurai katana, roman gladius, greek xiphos or kopis, napoleonic cavalry sabre, zulu iklwa (not strictly a sword, but because that's where I grew up).

I have been putting this off for a while, but, well damn you LF, I may have to start now. I'm just glad you didn't post a photo, because I would already have had to go out and buy them.

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MWL posted:
based the list on getting an example of a sword from each "warrior" culture though the ages.

So the list goes something like: knights sword, viking sword, samurai katana, roman gladius, greek xiphos or kopis, napoleonic cavalry sabre, zulu iklwa (not strictlysa sword, because that's where I grew up)

...sword-bayonets?

I sent the photos to someone special so they could post them, since I apparently am not smart enough. 

When I started looking into swords, I found the subject to be dizzyingly huge. Oakshot typology stuff can get complex. There are so many things I want, but - you know - paying for kids’ college and trying to get to Europe again next year. 

I didn’t go crazy expensive - you can spend as much money as you want in this field for a “functional” sword (not just a wall-hanger). $3 or $4 thousand for a sword is doable with a brief search. I think the Viking sword Alec Steele made sold for over $20k. 

A Viking sword is much lighter than I thought. They were the pistols of their time - something you could carry everywhere for closer in stuff. Spears were the primary weapon, and axes were ubiquitous and less expensive. But all the cool kids had swords. And shields to go with them. I can’t wait until I buy one of those - my wife already thinks I’m the worlds biggest dork, but if I don’t show up to the next department qual with a sword, shield, helmet, and some sort of Viking garb, I’m really not a man.

BTW - I was devastated to find out vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets in real life. 

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This thread is worthless without pics. 

I'm also jealous. I want a sword, but also wont buy a cheap one, because OBVIOUSLY it has to be functional. Nerd on, dude.

"Here I abandon peace and desecrate law. Farewell to treaties. Fortune it is you I follow... From now on, war will be my judge."

Linz posted:
MWL posted:
based the list on getting an example of a sword from each "warrior" culture though the ages.

So the list goes something like: knights sword, viking sword, samurai katana, roman gladius, greek xiphos or kopis, napoleonic cavalry sabre, zulu iklwa (not strictlysa sword, because that's where I grew up)

...sword-bayonets?

Hmm...

Maybe.

I always wanted a Brown Bess and a Baker Rifle, ever since I read my first Sharpe book (I have the entire collection, as well as his Waterloo non fiction book), and obviously, you must have the bayonets for them, especially the Baker sword-bayonet.

The one good thing about Canadian firearm laws, is that flintlocks are not considered firearms, and swords are not regulated, and can be carried anywhere, provided you don't conceal them.

A Baker rifle with sword-bayonet and a Zulu iklwa as a backup might be just the thing for repelling boarders.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

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There be pics now, folks. I need to take more, but I was busy murdering anything that got in my way (I'm sure it's not good for the sword).  Thanks to Mr David.

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BTW - my wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland next year. I'll likely stop by Scotland too.  I need to get to some sword and armor museums while there. 

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MWL posted:
Linz posted:
MWL posted:
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...sword-bayonets?

Hmm...

Maybe.

I always wanted a Brown Bess and a Baker Rifle, ever since I read my first Sharpe book (I have the entire collection, as well as his Waterloo non fiction book), and obviously, you must have the bayonets for them, especially the Baker sword-bayonet.

The one good thing about Canadian firearm laws, is that flintlocks are not considered firearms, and swords are not regulated, and can be carried anywhere, provided you don't conceal them.

A Baker rifle with sword-bayonet and a Zulu iklwa as a backup might be just the thing for repelling boarders.

Regards.

Mark

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MrMurphy posted:

For knightly blades.... Albion.

Your bank acct will hate me.

I think I would have had one of the squire line swords if the wait wasn’t so long. I lack both patience and impulse control. All of the household impulse control is . . . . . . Er . . . . . Under the control of my wife. 

But I have my eyes on several Albion offerings along with those of darksword armory.  

Type X, type XII arming swords, and maybe a hand and a half of some sort are all on the short list. A friend in Vienna keeps sending me pics from one of the museums there, which is fueling the fire somewhat. 

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SPDSNYPR posted:

BTW - my wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland next year. I'll likely stop by Scotland too.  I need to get to some sword and armor museums while there. 

Always liked the Scottish basket-hilt broadswords. https://www.coldsteel.com/scottish-broad-sword.html

One day I wouldn't mind getting a Gladius. Still unsure if I'd want a Mainz, Fulham, or Pompeii version.

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I met Signore Del Tin in his workshop in Italy. Commissioned a (blunt) custom rapier for my ex from 30+ he had on hand. Picked the hilt,blade length, blade weight and thickness etc. Then I handled an original schiavona from his personal collection...and his repro of it. It would have been my pick in the 1600s. A type XII otherwise..

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And if I ever win the lottery https://cedarloreforge.com/

Been following this guy on FB for a while and his work is phenomenal.

I may never talk to you again for showing me that.  Damn!

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Dorsai posted:

Maybe I should post this in the swap meet.  A Valiant Armory Kriegschwert.  It's gathering dust in my closet.

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I know a guy who lacks impulse control. He just bought a sig 365xl today for no reason at all. 

Just sayin’. 

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I have been been fighting the urge to buy a sword for years.

This does not help.

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