Judging blade condition?

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Judging blade condition?

Postby MEversbergII » 31 May 2016 02:47

Heyo. Probing about in places to see about starting a few antiques to my collection. Currently looking at one blade that's got a decent price point, but I'm a bit concerned about the condition of the blade. Specifically, what looks like mass from the blade having been corroded away. Here's some pictures:

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/olderthandirt/DSCN4011.jpg

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/olderthandirt/DSCN4013.jpg

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/olderthandirt/DSCN4014.jpg

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/olderthandirt/DSCN4015.jpg

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/olderthandirt/DSCN4021.jpg

Anything that can be functionally salvaged, or does this look like something never destined to cut again?

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Re: Judging blade condition?

Postby MattS » 31 May 2016 15:17

That almost looks like it's been brazed...

Is it a blade you can see in person? Does the seller list any information about the condition?
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Re: Judging blade condition?

Postby MEversbergII » 31 May 2016 16:15

Huh, brazed as in broken and reassembled? I'd not thought of that.

I can't see this in person - scoped this out on ebay (which by itself makes me wary). Took another look and, lo and behold, it mentions the blade looking professionally repaired. Glossed over that. So, it seems that ya, this may have been brazed. I'm going to assume, then, that this is just no longer usable at all for anything but a wall hangar. Tempers likely shot and who knows how strong it would be in that spot?

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The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: Judging blade condition?

Postby MattS » 01 Jun 2016 13:24

MEversbergII wrote:Huh, brazed as in broken and reassembled? I'd not thought of that.


it was actually the first thing I thought of, partly because I have a knife from my grandad with its blade brazed back together (that's a whole other gruesome story).

MEversbergII wrote: Took another look and, lo and behold, it mentions the blade looking professionally repaired. Glossed over that. So, it seems that ya, this may have been brazed. I'm going to assume, then, that this is just no longer usable at all for anything but a wall hangar. Tempers likely shot and who knows how strong it would be in that spot?


Yeh if you actually want to use it for more than solo drills I'd steer away from this one. There are lots of engineering reasons why this will be unsafe, if you didn't see I went over that in detail in the 'Red Dragon gymnasium sabre, slight set' thread in the pub. As you say the temper will be shot too after the repair. I admit to plenty of collecting snobbery, but to me a rusty sword is a sword that needs some time and attention but a broken sword is a broken sword.
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Re: Judging blade condition?

Postby MEversbergII » 01 Jun 2016 21:57

Indeed. Poking around hasn't turned up many for sale I've found yet. Though, the site you linked has a few antiques of models I'd really like to get my hands on...step 1 - get the spare cash!

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