Are museum blades functional??

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  1. chancock

    chancock New Member

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    Are the museum collection Sting and Glamdring full tang and functional?? Are they sharpened?? The advertisements I've seen for them don't say. Are there going to be any more museum collection swords? I know most or all of the LOTR line is going to be dropped, but might UC continue doing limited runs?? Also are any of the Noble collection swords functional?? I know they are made in Toledo so the steel should be good, but are they sharpened, balanced, and full-tang??
     
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    I have both Museum Collection swords, and in terms of actual use in fighting, no, they are not functional. They may have carbon steel blades, but being made of a potentially functional metal is about as far as it goes. They're just more expensive and more accurate replicas, meant for display purposes only. Full tang? Probably, just like most of the rest of United's Lord of the Rings line-up. Glamdring is false-edged like all of the other swords. Sting is sharper than most, but wouldn't be any good for cutting I wouldn't think.

    More Museum Collection swords? Difficult to say. Since United has discontinued their current line-up except for Anduril and the limited edition pieces, it seems unlikely they'd endeavour toward another costly Museum Collection product. Then again, dropping current production relieves them of a great cost I'm sure, so that could pave the way for a couple of new pieces to go into production. If another Museum Collection sword is released, expect it to be Anduril.
    They haven't given reason to their sudden discontinuation of the line as far as I'm aware, but it's probably because of one of the following. Either their licence with New Line Cinema has run out or is running out, and declining interest in the line means they chose not to renew it, or United is in some sort of financial trouble. Either way, it doesn't bode well for future Lord of the Rings replicas. Similarly though, it could be for neither of those reasons...Who knows?

    Can't speak for Noble Collection, as I don't own anything they've made. The general impression I've got from people who do though, is that their jewellery is quality, and their weapons poor. Since they, like United, do not specialise in functional weaponry, I doubt you'll find their swords to be functional either.

    Hope that helps some.
     
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    Thanks Rahl, That's helpful. I hope United isn't in trouble though--they make the best movie blades I've seen. As for museum swords, it's unfortunate that they arn't functional-not that I'd actually use them but functional swords are generaly worth more as collecters, but seeing that the line is discontinued all UC Lotr swords will likely be valuable 20 years from now-Kinda like original starwars stuff.
     
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    Another thing most people forget about is that even functional swords break. No sword is every going stand up to real battle use without requiring some maintenance and receiving damage.

    A functional sword is not an indestructable sword.
     
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    Good point -- thanks. So what is the main difference then??
     
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    Do you mean the difference between the museum collection and a "true" battle ready sword?

    If the MC steel is a good quality, and it's been heat treated properly, then from the description, you should be able to sharpen it and walk into Mordor with it. But if you mean "is it combat ready straight out of the box?" then probably no. They've false edged them so they're kinda sharp but not really, to avoid overenthusiastic customers killing themselves and others :)

    But if it's been assembled from quality components and heat treated properly, it should be able to stand up to cutting tests and the like. But of course, as soon as you use it, it'll get scratched, chipped, dented etc so will no longer be in pristine display condition.