Friday, June 10, 2016

Swords for Display

To some, the only sword is one that functions in battle. Able to take an edge, then both give and receive blows. But in today's society there isn't much practical use for a functioning sword. In the interest of lowering maintenance and reducing the possibility for harm, decorative swords became a reality. Most display swords are made of a low grade stainless steel. This gives the blade the heft and feel of a real sword but removes the need to constantly be warding off rust. Another common method is to take a lower grade steel or iron and coat it with a nickel finish, which will once again prevent the sword from rusting, while adding a more mirrored finish to the blade. But not all display swords are created equally. For example, military ceremonial swords can be made of "battle ready" steel but because of current advances in technology, are not expected to be used. A decorative sword is an excellent way to showcase your passion without bringing the extra danger home. It shouldn't be looked down on as an inferior weapon, but embraced as a suitable concession to safety or even an artistic tribute.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Swords of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages or Medieval Period covers quite a large amount of history. Beginning in the 5th century, it spans all the way into the 15th century. Naturally such a long period of time allows for numerous changes in weaponry. While we can't cover all of them in a single sitting, here are some common types of medieval swords.

The Classic Medieval Sword

While the name may not conjure images of greatness, it is apt. When people tend to visualize the most bare bones version of a sword, this is probably what pops into their head. A cruciform sword, this means that the hilt extended from the sides enough to form  a cross or lower case "t" when observed. Double edged and meant for one-handed use.

The War Sword

In the Early Middle Ages this was the "go to" sword. While it's name is somewhat of a catch all title for swords used in war, it was also known as an Arming Sword. This makes it easier to define as a double edged, cruciform sword that was widely used in military combat. Light enough to be used with one hand, this sword made a great pairing with shield or buckler.

The Falchion

Typically single-edged, the Falchion had incredible utilitarian chopping power but was versatile enough for close quarters combat. Few original pieces have survived the years and because of this, placing the sword among classes has been difficult. Useful outside of battle, it seems likely that this sword would be common among the lower classes. But the sword is frequently depicted among archers and mounted knights as well.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Learning about Chain Mail

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle This is the driving principle of chain mail (that's how I'm spelling it). A small ring of metal becomes life saving armor, when properly linked together. Used in many forms and design styles over the ages, we still see chain mail in use today in both practical and ornamental ventures such as fashion or butcher's mail. Easily most recognizable is the standard European 4-in-1 style of mail. Entire suits were made in this method to protect the wearer from cuts. Also popular was the Japanese style 6-in-1 mail, which was generally not used for full suits. Japanese mail covered areas like the elbows or armpits, providing mobile, less restrictive protection and connecting the more rigid pieces of armor.  Stay tuned as there is more on mail to come!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Royal Father's Day Deal!

"Carried by my father, and his father before him..." There is something sacred in the traditions of lineage. There was once a time that the rite of manhood was only achieved after handing down ownership of the family sword. While that tradition may not be active today it can still be fun. But what's that? Your father has no sword to bequeath? What a terrible misfortune! But luckily for you Museum Replicas has your back! Starting June 2nd and continuing until June 19th you can get FREE SHIPPING when you buy a sword valued at $200 or more! If you were to couple this deal with say, the introduction prices on the Battlecry swords, you're getting substantial savings! Do yourself a favor give Dad the gift that keeps on giving, generation after generation.

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

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.

by John Clements.

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!