Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dragon Con 2016 and more!

Pack up those cosplays, update your celebrity check-ins and review your panel schedules, it's Dragon Con time again! Unfortunately, Museum Replicas is still on the wait list to exhibit and won't be attending this year. Yeap, we're sad, too. See a DCon staff member?  Tell them you want us there!  In the meantime, you could just keep an eye out for us in spirit! If you see someone in MRL garb, give them a high five! If people ask for photos in your sweet Museum Replicas costuming, be sure to tell them where they can get in on the action and send us a pic! We'll help plug your mad costuming skills.  When all is said and done, if you find your inner nerd still yearns for more, feel free to stop by our showroom in Conyers, which is only a half hour away and see our castle! Once you've caught your breath, be on the look out for our sibling company Movie Prop Replicas to be making an appearance at the Fayetteville Comic Con
 October 15th and 16th for all your geek collecting needs!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blade Finesse in Olympic Form

The Olympics are certainly exciting, as you watch skilled athletes perform amazing physical feats. Although most Olympic events can be traced back to ancient times, the one that intrigues Museum Replicas the most has to be fencing. Based on swordsmanship but with the intent of lethality removed, fencing has been a viable sport since the 1760's. In modern day fencing there a three distinct styles, with separate rules and point systems based on the type of sword used. The three sword styles are the foil, epee and saber. Numerous advances have been made to fencing with it becoming a recognized sport. Originally, tracking the score of duelists was done by having a pronged or spiked end at the fencing sword that would hook clothing on contact so that a judge could see the hit. As time moved forward, this pronged tip would be replaced by a blunted tip covered in paint or chalk. Alongside the traditional white fencing suit, this made tracking hits easier and less painful. Finally in modern fencing, electric suits make tracking hits instantaneous and easy to perceive without the naked eye. Fencing is a time honored sport. So, who are you rooting for?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Appreciating the Cutlass

The Cutlass...most commonly associated with romanticized pirate tales, this was a real workhorse of a sword. Finding recognition before the 17th century, the cutlass was adapted by many cultures as an excellent weapon. It quickly became one of the most prominent blades used in maritime combat. The thick steel being able to handle rough cutting tasks through both rope and wood, while the shortness of the blade also made this sword adept for fighting in the close quarters below decks. Although it is stereotyped as a pirate weapon, the cutlass was also quite handy on land. The curved edge of the blade making it viable on horseback, the short style also made it handy enough to use as a machete. Another fantastic feature of the cutlass was the inclusion of the basket hand guard, yet another aspect that would make the weapon preferable in combat even for a novice fighter. The design was so versatile that the U.S. Navy officially adopted it and there are records of use well into the 20th century!

Monday, August 1, 2016

"Battle Ready"

For some it is nothing but sales speak, others blur the lines between reality and fantasy. We see this term used a lot and it has unfortunately garnered different interpretations, but it has never meant indestructible. We use the term ourselves, but very specifically and we design around its intent. We are a line of battle ready weapon replicas in the historical sense. In short, our swords can do everything their historical counter parts could. In many cases we perform better due to improved steels and controlled processes which all but eliminate variables that could weaken the blade. This applies to all our historical offerings, however since the term is thrown about most often in relation to edged weapons we will concentrate on swords. 

It is extremely important to remember swords were NEVER intended to be used edge-to-edge against anything. Can you imagine a warrior purposefully damaging his only offensive weapon in battle, essentially disarming himself? They are tools of war with a simple purpose- do damage to another person. They are made to cut flesh and bone.

In reality swords and other edge weapons do almost nothing that is portrayed in today's entertainment world. We are so far removed from the simple truth that we forget. From movies, TV, literature and anime the sword has been shown as this mythical weapon with magical properties that can never (at least rarely) be nicked, chipped, or God forbid broken no matter what it hits.

If not treated properly and with respect any sword will break or show irreversible damage if used the way they are seen in the entertainment media today.  This goes for all swords from any maker, the key here being "entertainment". Weapons today seem destined to live in the realm of what if. These were not to be entertaining diversions, but tools of war.

So what does this come down to? Use the right tool for the job. Does a carpenter cut lengths of wood with a hammer and chisel or axe? No, they use their saws and such. Does a lumberjack use sand paper to take down an oak, nope, there's this nifty thing called an axe. So... "My car model passed the crash test, why can't I drive it through that brick wall and drive away happy?", because it's not a wrecking ball.

What tool is right for my need?
-Historically practice took place with whale bone or wood as replacements for your treasured sword. 
-Practicing katas, or movements and cutting air to perfect your skills? By all means use a real "live" sword, but use it with care and unsharpened edges. A mistake can mean a hospital visit otherwise.
-Practicing live steel combat or need something for theatrical purposes like a stage play or movie? You need a specific stage combat weapon meant to stand up to edge-to-edge beatings. Usually of high carbon steel or tempered aluminum. This means a sword with a thick blade, fuller tang and rolled edges and tip.
-Cutting down a tree? Please use an axe or saw.
-Question about what you need? Give us a call. We've been at this since 1984.

Finally, Strange But True. These seem odd to us, but some folks had other ideas...Here are some true incidents about what NOT to do with your edged collectible.

1) Chipping ice out of your driveway, slamming the edge eventually into concrete.
2) Attempting to cut through cinder blocks
3) Stabbing car doors
4) Chopping down mature trees
5) Sharpened edge-to-edge bashing like you see in the movies
6) Using a mace/warhammer to tear down walls
7) Attempting to turn a falchion into a crowbar and pry open a door

Friday, July 22, 2016


An exciting steampunk web series, Archangel from the winter’s End Chronicles, is based in 1893 London and follows the adventures of a crime fighting vigilante known as the Archangel. Museum Replica’s exclusive line of costumes and accessories designed for this production is inspired by this on-going action adventure story.

Archangel’s London is not the romantic Victorian metropolis we have grown to know. Rather, it is the setting for a vast criminal network, known as “The Legion”, which is responsible for having corrupted governments and for oppressing common citizens. In this alternate historical timeline, humanity has harnessed the power of steam and steel to attain unprecedented technological heights, however the criminal element has risen to power. Against this backdrop, arises a vigilante who is dedicated to completely destroying this evil army. The people have named him, the Archangel.

The Archangel series represents the best of steampunk, ridden with gorgeous clock-work props, meticulous costuming, intricate sets and sepia-tinged cinematography. The aesthetics of the production quality and the evocative visual imagery is captivating. Museum Replicas collection includes various masterpieces from the series. The steampunk world of 1893 can be dangerous place but the Elite London Police Force is always standing ready in snazzy in a beautiful uniform jacket, made of black, suit-weight twill with padded shoulders and Nehru collar and a plastron front, buttoned into place with eleven antique brass buttons. Yet another classic costume is the EmpireOpera Coat, a formal tailcoat with a steampunk twist, with rich black brocade with artificial seal-skin lapels, antiqued brass gear buttons, and a real watch pocket. A perfect way of finishing the look is by just slipping on the Archangel sleeveless coat along with it!

A smart companion piece for just about any steampunk ensemble is, without doubt, the ArchangelSteampunk Utility Belt. High quality aged leather and antique brass hardware gives the belt an excellent appearance that you can strap on confidently for a very smart authentic steampunk look. 

A standout item which you can’t afford to miss is the extraordinary Airship Captain Boots. The antique brass metal plates and gear buckles create a distinct, authentic and bold look. Do not miss the antiqued leather caps and the exotic ‘leather flying cap’! Team them up with the goggles we offer and you will look ‘steampunk’ in a second. The outlandish Airship Captain Saber and Airship Pirate Boarding Axe deserve a place in any weapon collector’s assortment. The cherry on the steampunk cake, the jewel of the crown, is perhaps the Archangel masks. Made of fiberglass, they have been painted to resemble antique metal. They are available in two ingenious designs, the Archangel Mark I Mask and the Archangel Mark II Mask, and make you look and feel like you can defend Victorian London.

So, get set, and go full steampunk!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Basic Spathology

The ethnographic study of swords —spathology— involves the exploration of their history, design and function as fighting tools. Primarily, this means understanding the reasons behind any particular design. Understanding a sword's performance requires knowing that every unique design is a combination of factors involving the maker's technology and craftsmanship combined with ergonomic considerations acquired from combat experience. The capacity of different sword designs to transition between offensive and defensive actions represents a certain degree of trade-off between these traits. Blades with different edge configurations and cross-sectional geometries will achieve better results on different materials, while certain grip and hilt designs will better enable particular motions more so than will others. Some sword designs may have more play in their point for agile thrusting or have more weight at that end to add force to a blow. Other designs may be optimized to permit closer contact with opponents and a wider array of techniques. Width and thickness of a blade will impart either sturdiness or quickness, depending. It's a simple matter that, depending upon their overall shape and size, different sword designs will have different centers-of-gravity, centers-of-rotation, and centers-of-percussion all of which fundamentally determine serviceability for combat –when wielded in an optimal manner. Regardless of form, every design must take into consideration aspects of strength, resilience, and durability as well as sharpness of edge and point. But every sword, whether straight or curved, tapering or symmetrically edged, is a matter of trying to answer the necessity of dealing effectively with the arms and armor the user would likely encounter. Swordsmiths always tried to improve performance standards –standards that were always necessitated by the self-defense demands of the fighting men who relied on their weapon for survival.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Remebering the French Revolution

Known in France as “Le Quatorze Juillet”, Bastille Day is the celebration of the overtaking of the Bastille fortress in Paris and symbolizes the French Revolution. Celebrated on the 14th of July, the original event took place in 1789. The Bastille had been an undefeated monument of King Louis XVI's power and was used as a prison for political prisoners. Shortly after the castle was invaded, it was set to be destroyed by the order of Major General Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. In a bit of a twist, Marquis de Lafayette would send the now defunct key and sketch of the castle to his former general, one George Washington.