I am a long time lurker and after corresponding with Matt through email and other fora (SFI and the Victorian Wars Forum) I decided to register. I collect British military swords, with an emphasis on officers' fighting swords of the Victorian period. I prefer swords with provenance, but I appreciate all fighting swords of the period regardless of whether or not provenance can be established. I am not a practitioner of any sort of martial art, although reading this forum has me interested in pursuing British infantry sword exercise. I hope to be able to contribute to some of the discussions pertaining to Victorian swords and to learn more about the swordsmanship of the period.