Best 'functional' blade for the money?

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  1. Doombringer

    Doombringer The End of All Things

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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    Warrior series? Who is making it?

    1075 is good steel. Is there a HRC rating?

    And just a heads up... CF (Christian Fletcher) usually works with AllSaints (Angus Trim) blades, he just makes adaptations to the hilt, pommel and grips. If you see a CF you like but can't afford it, you most likely get the same exact sword in a more plain variant at AllSaints.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    Man, I did type 1075. My bad, must be half asleep when I typed it, sorry.
    It's actually a 1050 high carbon. Though I just did another search for a
    1075 Katana and found that albion actually has 3, but in blade only form.
    Each one goes for $750, my goodness!

    The website did not explicitly state anything about HRC rating for
    the Katana. What is the HRC rating for?

    Thanks for the heads up. I kinda got that impression about CF from
    reading a previous post on this forum. But what i kept wondering
    about is whether CF makes any of their blade, or if they are strictly
    in the hilt, pommel and grip customize business?
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    Crecy. Hands down. If you don't win my auction I'd suggest saving your pennies to get one.
     
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    Thanks Justice :)

    And moondancer... I do not think that Christian Fletcher makes any of his blades. I think he DOES sell some swords other than Angus Trim or Albion, but they're likely from another smith.

    I could be wrong, though :) He does make all his own leather stuff (or is having someone make it specifically for him and for him to sell)...
     
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    Well, I missed out on Justice's Hastings X. That's a shame, I was starting to look forward to that one.

    I guess it was the wake-up call I needed to get my budget back on track. I figure I'll save up for a Crecy Grete from Albion and then something from Angus Trim as I originally planned (not sure which one, though -- I still love the look of the AS1562). If not an Angus Trim, maybe another Albion like the Migration D I was considering. I might also pick up one of the Badger Blades at the KC Renfest if I go this year. That'll keep me knee-deep in quality steel for the entire year.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    I've heard the name "Paul Chen" around sword forums, but the others listed here I've never heard of before. I was going to start a thread asking about Paul Chen, but it looks like you guys can help me out with this. He makes "functional" swords? If you guys could e-mail me or PM me with any useful information so as not to clutter up the thread, I'd be greatful. (If you can include info on the other names you've mentioned, that would be fantastic.)
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    Jeremiah, just do an internet search. Paul Chen is a big company and there should be plenty of information.

    Doombringer, there is a Del Tin 2121 with scabbard on the SFI classifieds. Only $150 including shipping. I'd highly reccomend picking this one up if you can.
     
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    Thanks, Justice. I've done internet searches, but what I find is distributers...not general information. :-/ But I don't want to clutter this area up with my questions.
     
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    Wow, FantasyForum suddenly decided to stop notifying me of replies... even to my own topics! And this is when I've been visiting quite often...

    Working on that Del Tin 2121. PM'ed the guy.

    Anyhoo. Paul Chen/Hanwei is what you're looking for. His distributor is CAS Iberia.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    Paul's Practical Knightly goes for about $100, and is reasonably nimble. I haven't sharpened mine so I can't say how it cuts...
     
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    I'll take a look. Thanks, guys! I knew I came to the right place.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    i have a good site, but i cant say it because they sell lord of the rings merchandise as well. I would never buy lord of the rings swords from them, but they do have some cheap, good looking functional blades you might lie.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    I also am interested in getting a fully functional sword. I have two UC LoTR swords and am very happy but would like something functional. I don't really want to spend more than $250. I have looked some at Paul Chen's work, and some other places...I like Chen's Practical Knightly...It has a great price but it isn't sharpened and I don't know how good it is. I do like some of allsaintsblades pieces from their standard line (AT1215, AT1314, AT1414, I tend to like standard designs) but they are way to expensive for me right now...Though I would consider saving up, and getting one if they are spoken highly of. What do people recommend? I'm open to all opinions.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    I'd save up and get an ATrim. They are excellent swords in terms of build and selection, and new models are coming up very soon as the website gets overhauled. Save your money and wait a bit, it will be worth it.

    Your other option is Albion, but they are even more money than All Saints and there are less model lines available. They are introducing more and more NextGens every month, but they are very price.

    There is also Arms & Armor, at www.armor.com - they make fantastic historical replicas that are also real, ready-for-buttkicking swords. Most of their prices are between ATrim and Albion.

    Go with ATrim and you won't be disappointed. Plus, most ATrims can be upgraded with different hilt options or grips down the road, allowing you to customize.

    I should follow my own advice... LOL... I have some money to play with but I keep going back to Albion. Maybe I should get my first ATrim!
     
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    Thanks for the comments Doombringer! This may sound silly but the Angus Trim swords are sharpened? Right?
     
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    Yes, they do come sharpened. By default, I believe. They're made for cutting ;)
     
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    Awesome, THANKS, I guess I better start saving. I'm gonna need at least $410 plus the price of a scabbard (could buy at later date). Now I got to decide which one I like best, this is the fun part! Has anyone seen a AT1215 Type Xa?
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    You might want to post on MyArmoury.com forums or Sword Forum International's forums if you're looking for owner reviews on certain blades. SFI is a little more ATrim-angled and may be your best source, plus there is a Sword Review portion of their forum that may have the 1215 in it.

    Either way, I like the 1215... looks like a very sturdy one-hander with some weight behind it.
     
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    Unfortunately it sold, but I would have reccomended this sword. I own one myself, and it is probably one of my favorite Del Tin swords. His swords are one of my favorites, they feel a whole lot more like the historical counterparts than many other companies.
     
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    Re: Best 'functiona' blade for the money?

    What do people think about the Albion Del Tin line(I would be interested in a sharpened one)...

    Specifically:
    The Sword of War: http://www.albionarmorers.com/swords/deltin/dt5143.htm
    12th Century Medieval Sword: http://www.albionarmorers.com/swords/deltin/dt2121.htm

    P.S. Can you get reasonable priced scabbards for these?