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Where is the best place to buy custom Viking swords? 
I'm looking to buy a mid 10th century style viking sword that is as historically accurate as possible. The problem is that since I'm short and female most …

Is the book from Chris Holzman on the Italian duel sabre still available and where? 
Dear Sir, I want to study the art of Italian duel sabre fencing and the book "The Art of the Dueling Saber" from Chris Holzman would be a great help. …

Shortening an existing sword 
I have a hand-and-a-half back sword made by Darksword Armory, the blade on which is 29". I'd like to shorten the blade to 26" and shorten the handle to …

Narnian swords?? 
So I've been wanting a "Narnian" sword for a long time but i cant find a REAL one. They're all either REALLY cheap or fake plastic. I can't seem to find …

belt length  
I was reading your review on the Valiant armory Castile Sword and you put as a con that the scabbard belt was to long. I did some research on how they …

The Knights Lion Crest Sword 
QUESTION: Will you do a review of this sword? It says functional; it has a beautiful design and I would like to know if it is all that it says it is. …

Viking comment on review page. 
QUESTION: There's a global goods sword I think it was, and the review was great until I got to the part about "vikings" killing for everything... Unfortunately …

Roman sword  
QUESTION: My question is how to buy the roman sword, actually I'm not so good in this thing I'm beginner, Can someone help to me easier, I like o buy …

Tweleth Centry sword from Gen 2 deal or dud? 
QUESTION: I had read your updated review of the William Marshell sword by CAS-Hanwei. With the reliablity concerns brought up I have been looking for …

Ibelin scabbard 
QUESTION: I have purchased Ibelin sword from the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" made my Windlass. I also want the scabard that I see has been discontinued. …

Thrusting swords 
Hello and congratulations for your great website. I have a question about all the thrusting swords, like the rapier, smallsword, fleuret, etc... …

Where to find a good dueling saber? 
QUESTION: I've looked nearly everywhere and I've yet to find definite evidence of a battle ready dueling saber (pob 3-5in) instead of cavalry sabers …

Shields 101 
QUESTION: I've always had an interest in swords - specifically European medieval types around the periods of the crusades. I have a few swords at home …

Testing of Windlass Steelcrafts Civil War Cavalry Sabers 
QUESTION: Have you ever tested any of Windlass Steelcrafts Light Cavalry Sabers, Such as the M1630 Light Cavalry Saber and the Officers model? Just …

Would you recco. this CAS Iberia sword? (picture included) Not rated yet
QUESTION: I was surfing the web for affordable functional swords, and I found this. It is a CAS Iberia Side Ring Sword. It's made of high carbon spring …

Looking for a naval cutlass Not rated yet
QUESTION: I'm a marine stationed on Camp Lejeune and I've been searching for a 100% full tang, high carbon, spring steel naval cutlass for the past 5 …

Direction Needed in my Hand and Half Quandry Not rated yet
QUESTION: Paul....will try not to talk a hole in your head.....I have been takeing longsword lessons for three months now (my intro/prep courtesy of …

Windlass Steelcrafts Oakeshott Xiia Not rated yet
QUESTION: I am looking at buying and Oakeshott type Xiia longsword from Windlass Steelcrafts. Is there anything you can tell me about this sword and …

Balance Point of Darksword Armoury Norman Sword Not rated yet
QUESTION: I noticed the wonderful review that you did of the Darksword Armoury Knight sword, and I saw also that you are now selling the Darksword Armoury …

OSLO MUSEUM VIKING SWORD  Not rated yet
QUESTION: I am glad to see Darksword Armory available here now! I was curious as to if you can get the Oslo Viking sword and the price. Thank, Dan …

sword of ibelin Not rated yet
QUESTION: I orderd the sword of ibelin from the movie KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and was wondering about the structural integrity of it, I know that their is …

Windlass Blade Lengths Not rated yet
QUESTION: In your reviews of windlass swords, you say that the longer blades are too whippy, but their one-handed swords are ok. At what length do they …

I want to know what the name of a sword is Not rated yet
QUESTION: I am being offerd a sword that is said to be wavy all the way up and 2 handed and it was used to cut peoples heads off. Well the orginal ones …

Quality durable Rapiers? Not rated yet
QUESTION: Just wondering if you know of any solid, durable, rapier type swords that would be good for a former fencer, who would like to handle the real …

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short sword advice Not rated yet
QUESTION: I'm looking for a close-combat, short-sword with the following characteristics: * designed for thrust and cut * 5160 steel * very …

Sharpness of a one-and-a-half sword Not rated yet
QUESTION: I bought a Windlass sword from Reliks and asked to sharpen it. Well,it doesn't seem so "sharp" at all and when i tried to test-cut a straw …

Info on a Navy Sword Not rated yet
QUESTION: My husbands grandfather was in the navy. He worked in a bar across seas and got a sword from the establishment. I was trying to find out …

new question about Napoleon period swords Not rated yet
QUESTION: Were these swords subjected to thermal treatment? I ask because I have found some places (for example "Swordblood") where they offer swords …

hanwei and windlass german bastard sword discrepancy Not rated yet
QUESTION: The hanwei german bastard sword is 50 inches and 2.9 lbs. the windlass german bastard sword is 39 inches and 3.10 lbs. whats with this? Is …

What is the best Viking sword? Not rated yet
QUESTION: I have seen dozens of Viking swords on the internet on dozens of sites. The Albion swords are not exactly in my price range and I was wondering …

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