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. 

Clements #10 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!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Clements #9 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.