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My Arms & Armor


Note: I am not an expert. I'm just an enthusiast and the learning never stops. :)

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Nothing holds quite the same mystique as the sword. Ever since I was a kid, playing early versions of the Dungeons and Dragons games with my friends, and watching movies such as The Princess Bride and Highlander, and also the old "Robin of Sherwood" BBC TV series, I've been fascinated by swords and weapons. At roughly the age of thirteen, I began collecting them, starting with a simplistic Toledo wall-hanger that was about $20. It still hangs on my wall to this day.

My collection gradually grew, and included a wide range of types and levels of quality. Even after selling off quite a few pieces along the way, I still have swords that span the spectrum, all the way down to a few that are relatively worthless, in terms of both functionality and value. While most of my collection isn't worth much, most of it caught my eye in some way. Even a cheap piece of junk can give you great joy, if the price is right.

Since getting started, I've come to appreciate all manner of weapons, and have obtained a range of maces and pole-arms, as well as firearms (yes, I said firearms; all you weenies who like swords but "hate" guns are hypocrites. Let's not forget that they all have the same "grim purpose"). However, the swords still dominate my collection.

In more recent years I've also started to more deeply appreciate armor, knightly philosophy, and more of the history and context in which they were used. I've also been amusing myself as a "Renaissance Faire" knight on some of the lower temperature autumn weekends.

My taste in swords has evolved and gone through many phases. From buying anything cheap and cool, to "all swords must be battle-ready" (based on extremely limited knowledge of what that means), to collecting at least one of every kind, to giving up on all of the above. Now, I feel that even the cheapest wall-hanger has a place, for the right price and the right display.... however, my primary interest is in hand-made swords that are reasonably historically styled and functional. This includes makers such as Arms & Armor, Albion Swords, Angus Trim / Christian Fletcher, and various Ren-Faire sword smiths (which are a great source for one-of-a-kind pieces, and I like to support the art at the faires).

Along the way, I've also learned a little about how not to care for your swords. I've written a sword-maintenance guide, but since I rarely take my own advice, I'm a better expert on how to let your swords rust. :) MyArmoury.com also has a sword maintenance guide. I've since also written a more succinct sword maintenance guide. There is also sword maintenance tips on SwordWiki.

Click on a sword name below to see my comments and pictures.

= Items I'm interested in selling
= Items I'd consider selling

(All else is not for sale)

ARMOR & SHIELDS

Helms:

Regalia:

Shields:

SWORDS

Single-Hand Swords:

Short Swords:

Large Two-Handed Swords:

Fantasy:

Longswords, Bastards, Hand-and-a-Halfs:

Katanas:

Rapiers:

Trainers:

Total: 38

MACES & FLAILS

Fantasy:

Flails:

Flanged:

Spiked:

Total: 12

POLE ARMS, AXES, HAMMERS

FICTIONAL WEAPONS

RANGED WEAPONS

KNIVES & DAGGERS

MISC

PREVIOUSLY OWNED
Items sold since this page started

The Wishlist:

roughly 65 lbs of steel and leather

Albion Chevalier

Albion Talhoffer

A&A Fechterspiel & Cold Steel Hand-and-a-Half

"Ivory" Katana

Bone-Hilted Dagger

Lightsabers

Rack of maces, daggers, replica pistols

Shield and Buckler

Crossbow

Some of my long-pointies

Interesting links:

Interesting Armourers:

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