Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dragon Con 2016 and more!

Pack up those cosplays, update your celebrity check-ins and review your panel schedules, it's Dragon Con time again! Unfortunately, Museum Replicas is still on the wait list to exhibit and won't be attending this year. Yeap, we're sad, too. See a DCon staff member?  Tell them you want us there!  In the meantime, you could just keep an eye out for us in spirit! If you see someone in MRL garb, give them a high five! If people ask for photos in your sweet Museum Replicas costuming, be sure to tell them where they can get in on the action and send us a pic! We'll help plug your mad costuming skills.  When all is said and done, if you find your inner nerd still yearns for more, feel free to stop by our showroom in Conyers, which is only a half hour away and see our castle! Once you've caught your breath, be on the look out for our sibling company Movie Prop Replicas to be making an appearance at the Fayetteville Comic Con
 October 15th and 16th for all your geek collecting needs!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blade Finesse in Olympic Form

The Olympics are certainly exciting, as you watch skilled athletes perform amazing physical feats. Although most Olympic events can be traced back to ancient times, the one that intrigues Museum Replicas the most has to be fencing. Based on swordsmanship but with the intent of lethality removed, fencing has been a viable sport since the 1760's. In modern day fencing there a three distinct styles, with separate rules and point systems based on the type of sword used. The three sword styles are the foil, epee and saber. Numerous advances have been made to fencing with it becoming a recognized sport. Originally, tracking the score of duelists was done by having a pronged or spiked end at the fencing sword that would hook clothing on contact so that a judge could see the hit. As time moved forward, this pronged tip would be replaced by a blunted tip covered in paint or chalk. Alongside the traditional white fencing suit, this made tracking hits easier and less painful. Finally in modern fencing, electric suits make tracking hits instantaneous and easy to perceive without the naked eye. Fencing is a time honored sport. So, who are you rooting for?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Appreciating the Cutlass

The Cutlass...most commonly associated with romanticized pirate tales, this was a real workhorse of a sword. Finding recognition before the 17th century, the cutlass was adapted by many cultures as an excellent weapon. It quickly became one of the most prominent blades used in maritime combat. The thick steel being able to handle rough cutting tasks through both rope and wood, while the shortness of the blade also made this sword adept for fighting in the close quarters below decks. Although it is stereotyped as a pirate weapon, the cutlass was also quite handy on land. The curved edge of the blade making it viable on horseback, the short style also made it handy enough to use as a machete. Another fantastic feature of the cutlass was the inclusion of the basket hand guard, yet another aspect that would make the weapon preferable in combat even for a novice fighter. The design was so versatile that the U.S. Navy officially adopted it and there are records of use well into the 20th century!

Monday, August 1, 2016

"Battle Ready"

For some it is nothing but sales speak, others blur the lines between reality and fantasy. We see this term used a lot and it has unfortunately garnered different interpretations, but it has never meant indestructible. We use the term ourselves, but very specifically and we design around its intent. We are a line of battle ready weapon replicas in the historical sense. In short, our swords can do everything their historical counter parts could. In many cases we perform better due to improved steels and controlled processes which all but eliminate variables that could weaken the blade. This applies to all our historical offerings, however since the term is thrown about most often in relation to edged weapons we will concentrate on swords. 

It is extremely important to remember swords were NEVER intended to be used edge-to-edge against anything. Can you imagine a warrior purposefully damaging his only offensive weapon in battle, essentially disarming himself? They are tools of war with a simple purpose- do damage to another person. They are made to cut flesh and bone.

In reality swords and other edge weapons do almost nothing that is portrayed in today's entertainment world. We are so far removed from the simple truth that we forget. From movies, TV, literature and anime the sword has been shown as this mythical weapon with magical properties that can never (at least rarely) be nicked, chipped, or God forbid broken no matter what it hits.

If not treated properly and with respect any sword will break or show irreversible damage if used the way they are seen in the entertainment media today.  This goes for all swords from any maker, the key here being "entertainment". Weapons today seem destined to live in the realm of what if. These were not to be entertaining diversions, but tools of war.

So what does this come down to? Use the right tool for the job. Does a carpenter cut lengths of wood with a hammer and chisel or axe? No, they use their saws and such. Does a lumberjack use sand paper to take down an oak, nope, there's this nifty thing called an axe. So... "My car model passed the crash test, why can't I drive it through that brick wall and drive away happy?", because it's not a wrecking ball.

What tool is right for my need?
-Historically practice took place with whale bone or wood as replacements for your treasured sword. 
-Practicing katas, or movements and cutting air to perfect your skills? By all means use a real "live" sword, but use it with care and unsharpened edges. A mistake can mean a hospital visit otherwise.
-Practicing live steel combat or need something for theatrical purposes like a stage play or movie? You need a specific stage combat weapon meant to stand up to edge-to-edge beatings. Usually of high carbon steel or tempered aluminum. This means a sword with a thick blade, fuller tang and rolled edges and tip.
-Cutting down a tree? Please use an axe or saw.
-Question about what you need? Give us a call. We've been at this since 1984.

Finally, Strange But True. These seem odd to us, but some folks had other ideas...Here are some true incidents about what NOT to do with your edged collectible.

1) Chipping ice out of your driveway, slamming the edge eventually into concrete.
2) Attempting to cut through cinder blocks
3) Stabbing car doors
4) Chopping down mature trees
5) Sharpened edge-to-edge bashing like you see in the movies
6) Using a mace/warhammer to tear down walls
7) Attempting to turn a falchion into a crowbar and pry open a door