Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Like reviewing products?

Do you make a habit of posting in-depth reviews? Do you also have a reasonable number of people following you? If so you may be interested to know that Museum Replicas is hoping to contact some individuals for just this purpose! Get a chance to see new product before the public and offer your feedback! If you are interested please send an email with the title "Review" to custserve@museumreplicas.com we hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

John Clements part VI

The sixth of our blog installments from John Clements focuses on the somewhat ostentatious way some people keep their bladed weapons. Titled Practical Tools Not Mystical Artifacts, remember just a bit of care can go a long way. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Clements part V

The next piece by John Clements is Swords in Your Kitchen and points out the parallels of specialized kitchen knives and specialized swords. Although it isn't said I also like to think that in the same way a chicken is related to a t-rex, a butter knife is related to a claymore.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The musings of John Clements, Part 4

Ever notice how much swords are like hammers? Me neither, but John pulls it all together quite well in Thinking About Swords. Read on to learn more!

Friday, December 11, 2015

From Clements part 3.

Imparting yet more of his knowledge on swords and swordsmanship, here is John Clements third blog entry Magic Swords!

If that isn't enough you can also read up on the legend of the sword Durandal here!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Swords, Arms, and Armors

Check out the latest entry on Museum Replicas from John Clements! John talks about the evolution and nature of the sword in his article Swords, Arms, and Armors. Read more via the link to our website!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Words from John Clements!

Museum Replicas is happy to announce our working with internationally recognized sword expert and director of the ARMA, John Clements! If you're unfamiliar you can read more about John here. But I want to get to the good stuff! John is sharing some of his wisdom with us through the MRL blog! First entry below!

Something About the Sword...
I'm fascinated by the sword. The sword represents so many things in our civilization, despite it being a weapon obsolete for self-defense and war. The legacy and lore of the sword —as an iconic artifact, as a symbolic emblem, as an object of mystery and legend, and as the chosen weapon of the just hero or the knightly warrior as well as the honorable duelist —is something that continues to resonate with us. Popular culture and literary fiction, from the oldest myths and legends through chivalric romances and swashbuckling Victorian tales, all the way up to modern pop-culture cinema and especially video games and boardgames, have always featured the sword. The culture surrounding it is what I like to call its "echo of steel" and it continues to "ring." Whether you pursue its study as self-defense method, exploration of heritage, recreational pastime, sporting game, antiquarian curiosity, artistic handicraft, fantasy play, or academic pursuit, there is something special about the sword and about swordsmanship. There is no other hand-weapon that compares to it. No other similar close-combat weapon requires its own specialist maker (a swordsmith) and produces a specialist warrior (the swordsman). It is a weapon which needs, perhaps demands, an expert to make it and an expert to wield it. No other archaic fighting implement, save for the bow, requires an Art all its own and certainly no other has existed in such diversity and variety for so long around the world. Arguably, no other such historical hand weapon had its own dedicated "science of defence," for military as well as civilian use. The sword was not something that was also for hunting or farming but specifically for personal protection. But a basic truth about swords is that we are discussing objects that were functional tools for violence yet, which today, virtually no one has any real-world experience in using for their original intended function. They were, after all, artifacts inescapably designed and created for doing violence and hurt on someone or preventing them from doing it on you. Still, it's not hard to understand that for some time there has not been much actual sword-fighting going on in the world. Because of this, it’s very easy now to make up nonsense about them or come to believe things about their properties that simply aren’t true. So, in either terms of producing them or practicing with them, there has accumulated a wealth of erroneous assumptions and misconceptions. It’s a simple matter, really: Once people stop using real swords in real combat then real swordsmiths have very little reason to make real weapons for real swordsmen anymore. Over generations the ancient critical cycle of "feedback" between expert users and expert makers is broken. There's little combat necessity compelling weapons to then be made properly nor be handled effectively. Thus, over time, understanding of both fades and each art is forgotten. When you stop to consider it very few people today have any practical experience in hitting things with sharp metal blades, let alone warding off the blows from other sharp metal things. Few sword makers are ever called upon to produce weapons that can hold up to the trauma of being used in this way and even fewer swordsman ever have to demonstrate doing so. But this doesn’t stop nearly everyone from opining on swords and swordsmanship. It’s kind of funny but it’s also sad. Still, it’s wonderful that the quality and diversity of historical reproduction swords now available to collectors and students has dramatically improved in the past ten years. The sword market is one of very few areas where things have become more affordable even as they're becoming better made. Even then, modern sword makers themselves are still learning and experimenting just as are modern swordsmen. Regardless of the why you're interested in them, as fellow "students of the sword", to one degree or another, we all get to view them as both historians and fencers. The more historical sword types you come to handle and examine, to try out in play or practice, the more you come to admire about them. Enjoy the experience of discovering the performance and handling quality of different blade forms and hilt-configurations —i.e., their attributes and features, their capabilities and their limitations, their durability and resilience, and how they endured wear withstood shocks. The legacy and lore of the sword itself is built upon this very appreciation. Take the time to explore it. The bottom line is that swords are very cool.