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.

Friday, November 6, 2015

New site new deals!

People are really starting to crank out the deals early this year! While we have joined in in discounting a few items early, we at MRL are still holding back a little so that you have something to look forward to come Black Friday! So check us out now and check us out later cause there is something new going on everyday! Speaking of new have you seen our NEW WEBSITE? It's still got the training wheels on, you might find a bug or two...but this is a great chance to contribute! Take a look then e-mail us at and tell us what you think!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Ready?

Have you gotten you're costume in order? It's not too late to take advantage of our Halloween Sale and make a killing this year! Also be on the lookout for a future collaboration with John Clements of The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts. It's gonna be great! You can read up on John and the ARMA here.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Learn about our factory!

Have you found yourself wondering about the origins of our fantastic and interesting company? Of course you were! How you've managed to contain your curiosity so far is truly commendable! Now you can get an inside look at some of the goings on of our factories in India! Just check out this article by the Hindustan Times.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The books are getting bigger.

Books are stepping back into the limelight. Of course everyone is familiar with A Song of Fire and Ice. You've been getting a taste of Brent Weeks wonderful world in the Night Angel Trilogy. Lastly the Kingkiller Chronicles are starting to ramp up some major interest. I've said it in the past but now the internet is starting to provide proof. Look into it here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Retribution from Brent Weeks Night Angel!

The wait is finally over! Museum replicas is overjoyed to announce our line of LICENSED reproductions from author Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy! First and foremost is the sword Retribution! Wielded by Durzo Blint and passed on to Kylar Stern, this blade is just as key to the story as the characters themselves. MRL has done much to bring you a true representation of the sword following the design shown in the graphic novel adaptation of the series. High carbon steel blackened to a mirror finish in order to emulate the look of the black ka'kari. A black hilt and pommel bring balance to this fairly large piece and the handle is wrapped in leather...also black. :) All this and that's just the sword!    

The poison dagger is also black on black with high carbon steel, but along the edge are some keenly placed holes. These are for those plying the wetboy craft and can be stuffed with poison soaked cotton making the slightest cut lethal. 

Might as well match if you're going to carry all that gear, and that's easily done with the combo belt and scabbard! The black leather sheath is embossed with runes while the belt has several vials for carrying various serums and salves. Tie it all together with the vambraces and you're loooking halfway to being the Night Angel yourself!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dcon time!

It's that time again! Today kicks off Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia! We may not be setting up a booth this year but we still plan on attending? Got your costume together? Is it super awesome? You should share it with our Facebook page! Here's hoping everyone has a good time and stays safe!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Remembering Vesuvius

Today many people are remembering the events of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in AD 79. It is amazing to know how far we've come in being able to anticipate such natural disasters and therefore evacuate and save many lives. Not that we're perfect in that regard as we're still recovering from the tsunami at Fukushima. Point being nature will mess you up. Respect it. Learn more about Vesuvius here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Are we reaching you?

We have recently released our newest pole arm blade the Spanish Halberd Head. It has been that long since we introduced the many types of pole arms offered through the Cold Steel Man at Arms series. Personally I love to see a variety of weapons available for purchase. Not everyone sees themselves as only a swordsman and an armory just isn't as impressive without a good axe or pike thrown in the mix. How about you? Like to see multiple combat options or are you strictly swords?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How does it suit you?

Chain Mail or Chainmail? Which do you use? We at Museum Replicas find both to be acceptable but in an effort to be correct we've been looking into the subject. We referenced both Stone's Arms and Armor Glossary as well as the Cosman Medieval Wordbook and found both use the split wording chain mail. Furthermore, it is told that the term chain mail is wholly incorrect and that the armored garment was simply referred to as mail or in older texts maille. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bringing Arthur Back!

So if you haven't heard all the hype, Charlie Hunnam is acting under Guy Ritchie to make a new King Arthur film next year. This sounds great! If you haven't been enlightened King Arthur was a warrior king, not a little innocent boy. I think this sounds great! With Mr. Hunnam's history playing as a BA biker leader I would think he'd make a good king of the battlefield. Here's hoping it's more fun than the last Robin Hood. You can read more on the movie here from Entertainment Weekly.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Please Spartan Responsibly

So apparently on Wednesday a group of about 100 Spartans were arrested for public disorder in China. It was a failed publicity stunt for a salad restaurant that appears to have not gotten a permit. Unfortunate that once again so many warrior had to fall...please Spartan responsibly. You can read the whole story here. Although this does bring to mind that our sale on all 300: Rise of an Empire merchandise ends this Sunday night!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Legend of Ulfberht

Have you heard the story about the Viking swords marked Ulfberht? Bascially a makers mark for an outstanding blade that researches say is forged with a technologically too advanced for the time. While our blade is a recreation and won't be stumping any science types it's still a fully functional steel sword! Read about Ulfberht's history here, or visit our website to buy one of your own!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Don't hold out, get your Spartan gear before it's gone!

We are having a sale on all our 300: Rise of an Empire licensed merchandise! Now through July 26th you'll receive 30% OFF your purchase! Shields, swords, daggers, capes, armor, and more!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy 2015 Comic Con!

Today is the start of Comic Con 2015! If you're like me and could not attend this year, hang in there. I know it's really hard missing out on all those fantastic previews, mouth watering exclusives, chance celebrity encounters, and the feeling of being surrounded by people who share a passion. But try not to fret! There is a silver lining! As the popularity of Comic Con continues to rise so does the popularity of conventions in general. Which means more and more conventions keep popping up to cater to all the different fandoms. It's an everybody wins scenario right? So head up, carry on and if you are already at Comic Con please enjoy it for the rest of us...and post all the tantalizing goods asap.    

Thursday, June 25, 2015

RIP James Horner

Braveheart, Troy, Star Trek these are some of the film soundtracks that have played in our showrooms. If you haven't been made aware, the composer James Horner died this week. While unfortunate we at Museum Replicas will always remember the many contributions this wonderful artist made. You can read a more detailed report here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's Summer catalog time!

Catalog 136 is now available and so are the goodies inside! We've got Longclaw from Game of Thrones in real stainless steel! The Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok from Vikings! Officially licensed, these products come with certificates of authenticity and display plaques. All that and more New Products are waiting for you at Museum Replicas!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Appreciate your Dads and Grads!

Celebrate Dad this Father's Day with gifts from Museum Replicas! Check out our Gift Ideas page for suggestions so you can find the right gift fast during crunch time! We've also listed several ideas that are great for graduates so no one is left out!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Game of Waiting

So last night marked the finale of the 5th season for Game of Thrones. It's going to be a long wait. There was so much that went down and there was an equal amount that was left unremarked andopen to speculate. Osha and Rickon anyone? Personally I found this season gave the least amount of closure from events in season 4 while opening several more gaps. How are you handling post season?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Head up.

What a week. We lost Sir Christopher Lee, Dusty Rhodes, and Ornette Coleman. It makes for a heavy heart. Which kinda went with my mood given how things are going with Game of Thrones. It's the season finale this weekend, are you ready for it?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Share your pics to #CastleGarb!

It isn't uncommon for us at MRL to receive messages or mail where you, our wonderful fans, have shared photos in costume. While it once was just something to bring a smile to us at work we couldn't use it more than that. But now with #CastleGarb we can start our own online photo album! Please share your photos of your in some of our stuff to #CastleGarb! We'd love to see your metal!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New edition Suontaka Viking Sword

The Suontaka Viking Sword. Museum Replicas newest addition to it's line of battle ready viking swords. It's so pretty, I can hardly take my eyes off it! Personally the viking style isn't my favorite as the swords tend to bite into the wrist when swung incorrectly. But not the Suontaka. The smooth cooper plated pommel and guard are as forgiving as they are enticing. Don't just take my word for it, see for yourself!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sale ends this Sunday!

Ok, so this is the last shout out on our Pleaser Shoe Sale. It ends this Sunday. Are you still on the fence? Some of these shoes are over 50% off! Some of them are even brand new editions! Don't wind up kicking yourself barefoot later, check us out today!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Chances!

We may be winding down but we're not out yet! With the end of the month coming you only have two more weekends to attend the GA Ren Faire so don't delay! We are still having our Pleaser shoe sale as well, continuing till May 31st! Plus as more work goes into our website we are thinking about having a photo sharing hashtag, how does #castleswords sound to you?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shoe Sale!

What? Didn't we just have our biggest sale event of the year? Yes. Yes, we did. But that wasn't enough. You still want more don't you? Well here it is! Starting tomorrow the 22nd and ending on May 31st all of the Pleaser brand shoes will be on sale! Some will even be over 50% OFF! So treat your feet and have a great week!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Goodbye Sale, until next year.

The sale has come to a close! We hope everyone had a chance to find treasures of costumes or blades, even if it was just on our website. Only 362 days till the next one! Let's not forget that the Ga Renaissance Festival is still on till June 7th! Check with us to get your medieval on before you go!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sale this Saturday!

The wait is finally coming to a close! This Saturday join us for our Annual Sale event! All merchandise will be 15% off and items in the warehouse can be marked anywhere up to 80% OFF! It's the best time of year to buy weapons and costumes! If you can't make it here in person don't fret, you can still get the 15% discount from our website!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Contest number 4 on April 29th!

It's your last chance to win 4 festival tickets from us tomorrow! Don't miss your chance and check out our Facebook page for the contest questions!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Still going strong!

Have everyone been keeping up with our contest? We have already given away 8 tickets to the GA Renaissance Festival and we will be giving away 4 more tomorrow! Check our Facebook to make your entry! The Annual Sale is right around the corner as well! On MAY 16TH we will be opening the warehouse doors to the public! And that's not all! We've also been stoking the fire by giving 20% OFF to ALL our offered Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail merchandise!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Contest today!

Our contest to win FOUR tickets to the Renaissance Festival starts today! Visit our Facebook to view the questions and message in your answers!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sales, contests, and fun for April!

April is here and it's bringing a seasons worth of fun! All this month Museum Replicas is offering 20% off ALL Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail merchandise! This is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Holy Grail and the premiere of season 5 for GoT. But that's not all! MRL is also a sponsor for the Game of Thrones Ommegang Takeover at the Diesel Filling Station! No joke there is still more! On the Mrl Facebook page starting April 8th each week there will be a trivia contest to win GA Ren Faire tickets! Keep checking in for more details!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lots of fun to come in April!

Happy first day of Spring everyone! Hopefully you're getting to see at least a little more sunlight these days, if not I've got some news to brighten your day. MRL will be having a contest to give away tickets to the GA Ren Fair! Be sure to like $ follow our Facebook to get more details and your chance to win. The next catalog is also on the way and should drop around mid April. Issue #135 will have 90 new items! If that isn't enough May 16th, the date for our annual sale is creeping ever closer! So much fun to have so stay tuned!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Annual Sale is coming!

Yes! A date has been set for the Museum Replicas/Atlanta Cutlery May sale! Join us on May 16th for amazing discounts and bargains! Starting at 8 A.M. and lasting until 4 P.M. with discounts of up to 80% off! Don't miss out, make plans today!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Introductory sale is almost over!

Act fast! This weekend is your last chance to take advantage of the introductory pricing on all of Museum Replicas Gone with the Wind clothing reproductions! Some of these deals save you more than $50!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras is here!

Time to party! Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Here's hoping to safe times and lots of fun! If you're short on masks or costumes you know MRL has your back! Also look in our new products section to see all the new Cold Steel products that have been added!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fall in love with Valentine's Day savings!

Valentine's is the best holiday to show the special people in your life how much they mean to you. We here at Museum Replicas have put together a list of Valentine's goodies all going on sale to show our appreciation of you! As an added bonus, all the items on our Gift Ideas section will be 20% OFF when the code VAL2015 is used at checkout!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Archangel and MRL at AnachroCon!

With less than a month away, we would like to make sure that all of our fans know that Archangel from the Winter's End Chronicles will have a booth at AnachroCon, February 27th - March 1st, 2015. In case you are unfamiliar with this amazing convention, it is one of the premiere steampunk shows in the nation and the true flagship con of Georgia. We ask all of our fans to check out AnachroCon's website and Facebook page to register. We are planning a ton of great things, from wonderful steampunk items for sale, costumed characters and some big announcements,too! So watch for more exciting news about this in the weeks to come!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's January. Time to roll out the new!

The January Catalog is here!
That's right the new catalog is in and many are on the way to you! Are you not a part of our mailing list? No worries! You can subscribe here! View our new line based on the adventures of Don Juan, featuring ensembles for both men and women. Of course you also wouldn't want to miss our debut of costumes from Gone with the Wind! Wonderfully replicated and fully licensed, these outfits are just as absolutely breathtaking as they appear on film. But that's not all! We also have new swords and armor including a series of blades from Marto of Spain! These gorgeous swords are all made depicting a famous figure of history. Made of 420 stainless steel so that they will never rust and are primarily for display only. But for a limited time some of the Marto swords will come with a matching letter opener as a bonus! All that and more brought to you by Museum Replicas!

P.S. If you've signed up for the catalogs in the past but aren't receiving them, it may be due to inactivity. Give us a call! We'll reset your subscription and like always, it's FREE!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Sherlock!

On this day, the 6th of January in 1854, the fictional character Sherlock Holmes was born. Authored in 1887 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these literary works have captivated millions across the globe and throughout the generations. The tale of the world's greatest detective has been told multiple time through several different mediums. Books, novellas, television, movies and more have featured the tale of Holmes with assuredly more to come.

Here are a few sites to celebrate the legend;

Friday, January 2, 2015

Let the New Year begin!

Happy 2015 everyone! As we start the new year there is so much to look forward to! There is of course the imminent release of the Gone with the Wind line, and frankly...well we care a lot. We also have some exciting new additions in store for our LARP line! That's just the tip of the iceberg folks so stay tuned for more updates!