UC Swords Functional?

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  1. sihotan

    sihotan New Member

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    Are any of UC Swords Functional or are they all just stainless steel with false edges??

    I'm really interested in thier Samurai 3000 series Katana, Ninja, Tanto. These i would prefer functional. :hackit:
     
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    those are functional
     
  3. NCO MOS18B

    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    The Uruk Hai scimitar is (more or less) functional.
     
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    The UC LOTR swords are not, repeat NOT functional. UC do not market them as functional, they are well made but not "batle ready" as some people refer to them. They are well made in that they use metal and wood and leather and they use tang construction etc, so to pick them up they feel well balanced and many people think they must be "useable." Well, they're not, and if you hit things with them, chances are they'll break and hurt yourself or someone else. So don't do it!

    NCO's comment about the Uruk-Hai sword being more or less functional is kind of true, being one solid piece of carbon steel, but do not hit anything with it unless you want it damaged.

    I can't comment on the Samurai 3000 series Katana, but check carefully for info on whether or not they are marketed as "battle ready" or "display only". If it's a sword made of stainless steel (like the 420J in the LOTR swords) then it's not suitable for fighting with.

    This question understandably pops up every few weeks and my answer is always the same - these swords are for looking at only, not for using in combat!
     
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    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    The sword wouldn't be damaged, but whatever you're hitting with it defiinately will. Believe me, I know this for experience. (I could've cut down a tree with it if it was sharper.) Still, I wouldn't reccomend using it in mock combat because it's terribly blade-heavy.
     
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    It still could be. Most likely they are not oil quenched tempered, and therefore only case hardened, so the sword will probably still take damage.
     
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    Not to mention the blades have cutout designs in them, a big no-no for being functional swords, And yes, they ARE NOT functional. I don't know why the guy above said they were...
     
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    finrod Born to woe.

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    the UC LOTR swords are not functional. not functional at all. they are not made for use, they have a rat tail tang that breaks under too much pressure and are made of untempered stainless steel. (the scimitar does have a carbon steel blade but you do not want to cut anything with it unless you're bend on ruining it)
     
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    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    It's fine, unless you count a few nicks "ruined".
     
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    Turin Valar Morghulis

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    I don't intent on taking mine out and beating the crap out of it, whatever anyone says about it.
     
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    Orkin The Fighters Guide House Member

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    Well if it's not functional I guess you can't ruin it. :)
     
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    provided ofcourse, that you don't use it as a functional weapon, might result in a flying blade.
     
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    NCO MOS18B Better than you.

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    How could swinging the Uruk Hai scimitar result in a flying blade, when YOU'RE HOLDING ONTO IT? There is no rat-tail tang that could snap at the slightest vibration, so I don't see what the problem is.
     
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    I think that comment really refered to the UC collection at large. The Uruk-Hai blade is one solid piece, true, but the others use the rat tail tang so it's best to talk down their merits as functional items for safety reasons, rather than talking them up! :)
     
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    I have seen the Samurai 3000 series marketed as fully functional, but they are made from J2 stainless so how could they be? (rhetorical)
     
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    who as testing Uc sword ??
     
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    I was referring the the uc collection as a whole indeed.
     
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    The best thing to do would be to read Peter Lyons own post on the subject over at swordforum.com.
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    Please supply a link to the thread if you want to make a suggestion like that.
     
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