Show us your sword! Collectible, antique or just plain fun swords
Posted Mon Jul 25, 2016 06:02 PM
I'll start with one of my favorites, a Japanese officer's Kai-gunto sword from world war 2. This sword was hand forged in the traditional style by the swordsmith Kuwayama Kanetaka in 1944 in the city of Seki. One of only a few smiths using the traditional technique in a city busily producing swords during the war, this blade shows a vivid 'kami-no-tsume' (crab's pinchers) temper line and has an 'o-kissake' (long) point.
Showing the tip...
Wanna play with me?
Anyone else? They don't have to be fancy or antique...
Posted Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:34 PM
This is one wall of my office (note the Ban Hammer of SF.com lore above two of my competition pistols) >:]
Posted Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:53 PM
I want to know about the Bat'Leth sword. What's the steel like?
Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:05 AM
It's a weapon that you have to adapt to , instead of having a base instinct on how to use it , but it'll take a 8 inch tree down in one swipe .
I'll post some of my Katana's & other swords later , I'm a 2nd Dan in Aikido , so I own quite a few & know how to use them >:]
Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 05:30 PM
You might be able to appreciate this. I've bern a fairly skilled swordsman my whole life, but lost that ability when I tore my rotator cuff badly at work. On the dominant side! The tear healed a bit naturally, enough that I could do my job at work...but the insurance company gave me the option of having it repaired by surgery.
The surgery was a notoriously painful kind, with a four to six month recovery time...and the only benefit to be gained was my right arm's upper range of motion. If I were a normal person I would have refused the surgery. But being a swordsman yourself, you appreciate how important that upper range of motion is; the sword lives up there, and comes down to strike. There was no possible choice but to get the surgery.
It was successful, and I'm going through physical therapy now to strengthen my fixed arm. As incentive to get well fast, I got myself this Paul Chen Practical Plus wakizashi. I haven't used it at all yet, and I can't wait to try it out on some tatami in the back yard...
Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 08:41 PM
Fascinating... (See what I did there?)
Q, I never put the two together! But, since you bring it up...
Go back in history for a moment. Did we see the genesis of Q in the ST:TOS first-season episode, The Squire of Gothos? Think about Trelane, the adolescent omnipotent, his actions, his petulance, and, in the end, the admonishment he receives from his disappointed "parents."
Big Star Trek fan here, too. Loved the characters and the universe Gene Roddenberry created.
And, sorry - I don't have a sword. Honestly, on a sex forum, when I saw a thread titled "Show us your sword," I was thinking of something else entirely...
Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 09:08 PM
I've also thought that about the episode with Trelane. If he wasn't a Q, what the hell was he?
Here's a look at the Rabbit's Grotto. The swords on the wall are all military and fraternal society, but the Japanese swords seen here are modern Chinese make. They're out on display as decoys for burgulars, while the good shit is safely cached in my bedroom.
Quit making fun of my teevee. I'll get a flat screen when this one finally dies. JVC made some fine televisions back in the day.
Posted Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:54 PM
BTW that throwing axe in the center (the one that looks like Batman would own it , right above the warhammer) is brutal & the easiest throwing weapon I've ever owned .
Posted Wed Jul 27, 2016 07:32 PM
The great swordsman Zoomicus Rabbiticus once said, 'My best sword is the one I'm holding after I've won the foght.'
Posted Fri Jul 29, 2016 06:59 PM
I found this without the scabbard, with the tip broken off, in an antique mall for a very good price. Originally, this would have been a full size rapier with about six more inches of blade. After grinding, then sharpening and polishing a new tip on the end, I made a scabbard for it out of black leather and blue denim. It isn't very old--the blade was made in France in the early twentieth century, according to the maker's mark.
It does have a certain gracile charm, though. Modern designs are cool (especially the Klingon bladeforms) but I always love that classic style.
Posted Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:39 PM
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Posted Sun Jul 31, 2016 04:06 PM
I get my best stuff at pawn shops, and antique malls. Occasionally someone will just turn up with an old sword they found in the attic. Hand forged, old school knives and swords are out there. The trick, of course, is being able to determine the blade is hand forged, and not machine made.
It isn't rocket science. Just hold the blade in question straight out, point it outward and sight down the length of the blade. By looking at it from this angle, you can see any imperfections in the blade's thickness. A blade that has been pounded out by hand will look exactly that way...and one that is even and straight was ground out on a machine.
Anyway, I hope this helps. I'm probably being pedantic.
Can't post any photos until I upgrade to VIP. Used up all my megabytes sending naughty pictures to the girls, so it's up to you guys to show sword pictures for now. Anyone?
Posted Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:46 AM
I also took a pic of the dreaded SF.com Ban Hammer , I carved/burned the handle myself added the studs .
Posted Wed Aug 03, 2016 03:12 AM
Speaking of handles. These gunong blades from the Philippine island of Kalimantan have about the most UNwieldy handles I've ever seen. The longer sword in particular cannot be used by anyone with hands smaller than...well, a Klingon. I tried--unuseable.
What makes these so weird and wonderful are the wave edges...especially the sword. It was not an easy matter at all to forge these blades. When a smith is working on one of these, he has to forge and quench harden each curve in the steel individually, which makes the process ridiculously slow compared to forging other kinds of blade. Modern swords can be machine ground in such a pattern quite easily, but not the hand-forged variety like those pictured here.
The brass fittings on the scabbards of both examples are damaged, but the rarity of hand-forged wave edged blades caused me to snatch these up on first sight.
This post has been edited by zoomrabbit: Wed Aug 03, 2016 03:15 AM
Posted Wed Aug 03, 2016 04:08 AM
I had a set from Indonesia that I presented as a gift to a now deceased friend , his oldest son inherited them .
Nasty weapons , I guess that's why assassins favored them in Persia & that area .
Posted Wed Aug 03, 2016 03:21 PM
These days, other than the gunong, I have a kris from the island of Java. The mountings are what is called 'piso padang' which just means 'knife hilt,' because the handle crossguard is more like a normal knife instead of the traditional way. The blade, however, is made in the correct fashion.
The hilt and scabbard are silver. The motto (untranslated, but probably a name) inlaid in Javanese script, is gold.
Posted Sat Aug 06, 2016 03:43 PM
This is an antique Japanese wakizashi, remounted in modern koshirae (sword mounts) by myself. I did the leatherwork, tied the handle, all of it. The USN collar device tied into the handle for a menuki (sword charm) reflects my service in the Navy reserves when I was young...
The tang is signed, but at some point in the blade's history an unscrupulous individual chiseled a fake signature over it in an attempt to attribute it to the famous Bizen school swordsmith Kanemitsu. According to the experts, while we will never know who actually forged this blade, we can determine from the style of work and age visible in the rust on the tang that it was most likely forged in the late 1500's by a smith working in the Bizen school.
This means that if a burgular were to make it into my room, they're likely to get cut down by a sword older than white people living in America.
This post has been edited by zoomrabbit: Sat Aug 06, 2016 03:47 PM
Posted Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:49 PM
Now tell me this sword doesn't look sexy. Smokin'.