Friday, May 27, 2016

Annual Sale Fun!

If you've never been to any of our Annual Warehouse Sales make sure you plan on it next year!  Once a year at our facilities in Conyers, GA,  Atlanta Cutlery/Museum Replicas hold an extra special sales event.  As you can imagine, throughout the year items can start to pile up from close outs and discontinued items to samples that don't make our catalog and functioning seconds.  A little scratch or dent can be a good thing when you save like this- up to 75%!  When May rolls around we take all these items and put them on display at a HUGE DISCOUNT for all of our customers! But that's not all, because our regular/current items are 15% off as well! This is the biggest event of the year for us and we would love to have you join us in 2017. 

Striking Reality

by John Clements

The most significant issue we have in historical weapon practice today is —with the exception of training with a sharp blade against a soft pell —we never actually puncture a target with our actions. We only touch the surface, and sometimes our blades flex and bend in reaction to the force of impact. But this is not the same as shearing or stabbing into a moving body. When a point or edge punctures and carries through into or beyond the surface of a target it changes how we move. It obviously responds very differently than just moving it through empty air. It also affects how we follow through as well as recover from actions. That in turn can significantly color how we consider the performance of any weapons we train with.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Three things you must have in your Night Angel Trilogy collection!

What separates a Cenarianwetboy from a run-of- the-mill assassin is their use of a magical skill called talent. While this mystical ability certainly gives wetboys an edge, it is far from the only tool needed to master the trade. Every contract can present new and possibly unique challenges, which only the well-prepared can survive undaunted. Specialized items like a poisonous dagger, an exquisite sword and dark concealing armor. We at Museum Replicas have worked closely with the author of the Night Angel Trilogy,Brent Weeks, to bring you faithful representations of these exemplary items. So, if you are a Night Angel Trilogy fan and love collecting artifacts from your favorite fantasy series, then here are three things you must have in your collection.

1. Kylar’s Poison Dagger

The Poison Dagger was an integral part in the climactic battle between Kylar Stern and DurzoBlint.The most interesting aspect of this collectible knife, are the small holes in the black carbon blade,designed to allow a wetboy to insert small bits of poison coated cotton, ensuring that even the slightest cut is deadly! A sheath that flawlessly secured the knife was a necessity in order to avoid potentially lethal accidents.

2. Retribution Sword & Retribution Scabbard

The Retribution Sword is the mainstay weapon of the Night Angel and a driving force for the plot ofBrent Weeks’ novel. This handsome blade is blackened to a luster that imitates the visual effects of the black ka’kari and complete with ancient rune inscriptions etched on both sides of the blade that translate to MERCY down one side and JUSTICE down the other.

The matching scabbard for the Retribution sword is a sturdy black leather sheath with mystical runes embossed on the front, much like the sword itself. The generous, wide leather belt is attached with a laced pattern and has three small glass vials with corks, perfect for poisons and potions used by enterprising wetboy.

3. Night Angel Vambraces

These thick and protective arm guards make a fantastic cosplay and a collectible accessory for Night Angel Trilogy fans. Beautiful embossed black leather with blackened metal buckles help conceal the wearer while offering protection. Be on the lookout for even more Night Angel costuming from Museum Replicas!

These three important pieces are a great start to your Night Angel Trilogy collectibles. Do you have something to add to this? Do remember to share with us!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Why Collect Swords?

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By John Clements

You can hold heritage in your heart, but with a sword you have history in your hand

For those who know, collecting swords goes far beyond having a mere costume accessory, wall decoration, or impractical curiosity. It really isn’t all that difficult to grasp (pardon the pun) how a given combination of blade and handle can result in a distinct type of weapon. With the variation of length, width, shape and curvature, they will produce differences when slashing, cleaving, stabbing, or warding. Even among swords of similar types they may have such functionally different handles, pommels, and guards that produce significant dissimilarity in how they can be employed. Just considering hilts alone reveals much about a sword’s particular manner of being gripped. 

Looking at changes in styles of fencing from the 15th and 16th centuries to the 18th and 19th speaks volumes about the alterations cut-and-thrust-sword designs underwent. Earlier methods of swordsmanship used counterstrikes to ward off blows and employed considerable half-swording techniques as well as substantial grappling. They went up against a tremendous array of arms and armors under diverse fighting conditions. Later styles by contrast lost much of these things and instead relied on retrograde static blocking with far less dynamic footwork —employed in a far smaller realm of combat necessity.

Without certain experiences, though, it's difficult to obtain a deeper appreciation of how similar though different swords perform. I believe the simple explanation for why this occurs is due to knowledge gaps in a few key areas. Most sword enthusiasts do not get to handle and work with a wide variety of quality replica blades of different types to consider their attributes first hand. They also don't get to examine authentic specimens of different types (let alone of the same type) —and certainly not to vigorously exercise with them. Equally unfortunate is that few students of the subject today get to practice with sharp versions of different swords and perform significant cutting exercise on realistic target materials (or at least long enough for it to teach anything of real value). And, despite all the practice and all the sparring, most enthusiasts don't get to forcefully cross steel blades with experienced practice partners who can effectively employ the differences among various sword types. If these hands-on lessons are not acquired one way or another, what is remains is something no less important: history and heritage.

But admiration for the lore of the sword is found not only in knowing origins and purpose. It's found in its heft. You know it when you raise one to feel its weight, sense its balance, judge its length, estimate its reach, and find its centers of rotation or percussion. It is here that every enthusiast of the sword comes together regardless of whatever effort they make in studying fencing or learning how swords were once used. Collecting a specimen, appreciating its unique design, admiring its austere beauty and deadly craftsmanship is something we all share. This love of the sword, this respect for its iconic symbolism, comes from discovering the virtues of different designs from different ages, regions, and cultures. Yet only truly begins by acquiring swords. Gaining one leads you to compare and contrast it with another and another and another, achieving insight and appreciation with each new acquisition. 

As one learns how they were gripped, how they could be held, what motions they encouraged and what actions they facilitated, our mind is opened to them as something more than practical fighting tools or obsolete objects. Own one and it's mostly a curiosity. Own another and just like that you now have started a "collection." It can grow in whatever direction you find appealing; perhaps even finding in time that one which most “speaks to you” —matching your personal disposition and temperament more than any other. That’s the way it is with swords. They were always personal weapons their owners identified with. The legacy and wonder of the sword is found not in its cultural or historical importance as an implement or artifact, but in what it means to you. It all begins by first having a blade to call your own. That’s why we collect swords.

Mr. Clements will be at our annual sale this year.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

For Guts, for Glory and for God: The Knights Templar

The Dark history of the Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order is forbidden stuff fiercely guarded by the Vatican for 700 years, steeped in heresy and sexual misconduct.

The Order was disbanded very suddenly by King Philip IV of France, who took action against the Templars reportedly in order to avoid repaying his own financial debts. The Templars, whose full name was "Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon", were founded in 1119 by knights sworn to protecting Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land after the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099.

The Knights have also been portrayed as guardians of the legendary Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper before his crucifixion.

 In modern works, the Templars generally are portrayed as misguided zealots, representatives of an evil secret society, or as the keepers of along-lost treasure. Several modern organizations also claim heritage from the medieval Templars, as a way of enhancing their own image or mystique.

Malcolm Charles Barber,  a British scholar of medieval history, widely recognized as the world's leading living expert on the Knights Templar, has spoken about a supposed curse uttered by the last Grand Master of the Templar Order, Jacques de Molaywho was burned at the stake in 1314. He is known to have cursed Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V, saying that he would meet them before God before the year was out. In a curious turn of events, Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died later that year in a hunting accident.

 Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Glorium 
Amongst the most ensuring symbols of this legendary order is its magnificent Masonic Knights Templar sword, with these iconic words engraved on the blade -Nothing for us, Lord, nothing for us but for the glory of thy name (The creed of the Knights Templar). Named The Accolade, this sword was worthy of the Grand Master to knight a loyal member into this holy order, and is today most sought after by any historian of fraternities, knights or swords. Reproductions from the original carry intricate carvings, and solid metal fittings plated in 24k gleaming gold along with red enamel inlay. Fascinating symbols from the knightly helmet pommel to the Maltese cross and Cross of Life (cross in crown) cross guard, are carefully reproduced to honor the original intention and context of use.

It is often bought by collectors in conjunction with the Templar Ring which carries the Seal of the Knights Templar with their famous image of two knights on a single horse, a symbol of their early poverty. The text is in Greek and Latin characters - Sigillum Militum Xpisti - followed by a cross, which means “the Seal of the Soldiers of Christ”. One side has a Maltese cross, while the other has an image of a temple. Ring has a polished nickel-finish with black enameling and comes with padded jewelry box. The accompanying Knights Templar Shield depicts the seal of the Templars, a horse ridden by two riders. Yet another popular Knights Templar collectibles is the Royal Seal of the Crusades. This first series at Museum Replicas, is expertly made by Marto of Spain, and is based on the ones used during the Third Crusades.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Japanese Samurai sword- A history well preserved

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The Japanese Samurai sword is legendary and even a mention of this sword inspires both awe and reverence. It is actually hard to separate the Samurai warrior from the sword he wields, as the weapon is so fused to his personality, almost a natural extension of his physicality. Samurai warriors eulogized virtues such as bravery, fierce family pride, and selflessness. They were followers of “The Way of the Warrior” or Bushido, the path of the warrior as honor, emphasizing duty to one’s master and loyalty to death.

The main weapon of these noble and fiercely loyal warriors were their swords. It was a task for every samurai to maintain his sword, with respect and care. It takes time, patience and an effort to maintain a historical sword.The Samurai sword or Katana is made of carbon steel and carbon steel is prone to oxidation and corrosion. Therefore, the sword needs proper care like cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. A thin layer of oil works as a shield between the Samurai sword and air. Maintenance of any historical sword is a matter of patience. You have to be disciplined for sword cleaning and checking on regular basis. At least two to three times cleaning and oiling in a year is needed to keep the katana intact. It is important to remove the stale oil and applying the new oil time to time, and for this you just have to take a soft and fine fiber cloth and glide it through the sword to remove any dust or moist.Once your sword is oil free take the Uchiko powder ball. Uchiko powder consists of very fine particles of multiple types of polishing stones which has a very slight abrasive effect but is too soft to cause scratches so it's perfect for cleaning. Apply the powder on the blade by tapping the ball directly against the steel. Apply the powder liberally to both sides of the blade over the entire length. Wipe off the Uchiko powder with a fine cloth after this entire process.Now, take a small cotton cloth, put some drops of light mineral oil on it and apply it all over the sword carefully. Keep in mind, it is a weapon so you should be careful while handling a sharp object.

Though cleaning and oiling are the most important part of the maintenance ritual for the Japanese Samurai sword but don’t miss a crucial last step – which is keeping the historical sword into the sheath. The scabbard plays a major role in keeping the katana in a good condition. The first and foremost rule for every katana owner,is to not leave the katana in the open without its scabbard.  A katana should be kept inside the scabbard and always follow the safety rules while taking out the katana either for maintenance or for practice.

Owning a Japanese sword is considered a deeply rewarding and personal journey. It is believed that in time the right Japanese sword will ultimately speak to you, reminding us of an old Japanese saying “the spirit within the sword always chooses its rightful owner.”

Friday, April 8, 2016

Introducing Battlecry by Windlass. Are you ready?

Battlecry. A word or phrase that rallies your allies for battle, and brings them under a single cause and unites them in purpose. This is also the intent of the Battlecry line by Windlass Steelcrafts. To band together the enthusiasts of medieval combat with a single line of tested weaponry. This series of arms has been specifically designed by the master smiths at Windlass in conjunction with world-renowned sword expert, John Clements. This collaboration delivers a line of functional, affordable and historically accurate weaponry. After some extensive deliberation on what to include, the initial run is eight of the most well known and popular designs in melee combat. Introducing the Acre Broadsword, Hattin Falchion, Agincourt War Sword, Bosworth Long Sword, Maldon Viking Sword, Maldon Seax, Orleans Battle Axe and the Soldier's Buckler! Each is hand forged of 1065, high carbon  steel and tempered to a Rockwell hardness in the low 50's. A custom, aged, "stone washed" finish has given to these weapons,  which gives them a distinctive look, as though they came from a previous era. All edged weapons of this series come sharpened and ready for action. Explore Battlercry.