Early-15thC war sword by Mark Vickers (St.George Armoury)

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Early-15thC war sword by Mark Vickers (St.George Armoury)

Postby admin » 09 Aug 2006 12:40

I won't give you a huge blurb, other than to say I designed this sword based on a few historical English examples in art, from the end of the 14thC/beginning of the 15thC.
It is quite a hefty sword, as I wanted it - it weighs 4lbs and has a POB 5 inches in front of the cross, which is comparable with quite a few similarly sized examples in museums. The blade is 36 inches long and hollow-ground diamond-section, with a thick central spine which keeps the blade very rigid for thrusting and halfswording.
Sorry for the poor quality of the photos.. I need a better camera!

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Mark Vickers of St.George Armoury did a great job, doing exactly what I asked and creating exactly what I wanted, with a bit of his judgement and fine-tuning thrown in.
It cuts like an absolute monster and makes a wicked ring when it exits a target, because of the central rib caused by the hollow-grind.
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Postby Paul » 09 Aug 2006 12:46

Very cool sword! 8)

How about some more stats?
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Postby Fab » 09 Aug 2006 12:51

you don't need a better camera, just better light. Try taking pics of it outdoor, with an overcast weather/in the shade.
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Postby admin » 09 Aug 2006 13:15

Yeah, outdoor light would be much better.

What stats do you want Paul?
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Postby Paul » 09 Aug 2006 14:30

The usual...

Weight
Overall length
Blade length
Blade width
Grip length
Point of Balance
Center of Percussion

(I know you gave some of these already, this is just a standard list)
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Postby Harry » 09 Aug 2006 15:42

well... price? :)


I am thinking about ordering a sword from peter johnsson.... but I am quite halting if i want to spent 4,000 euros for a sword.

but I used one of his two weeks ago... it was a marvelous craftsmanship and holding this artwork of a sword was an absolute pleasure. cutting through wood and strawmats was like cutting a slice of butter with a hot knife....

so i don't know what to do...
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Postby Paul » 09 Aug 2006 15:46

Harry wrote:well... price? :)


I am thinking about ordering a sword from peter johnsson.... but I am quite halting if i want to spent 4,000 euros for a sword.

but I used one of his two weeks ago... it was a marvelous craftsmanship and holding this artwork of a sword was an absolute pleasure. cutting through wood and strawmats was like cutting a slice of butter with a hot knife....

so i don't know what to do...


I spoke with Peter Johnsson at the Messermachermesse in Solingen, just before Dijon. He had three swords with him. They were great, and in the price range of E3000 and up, so I just saved you a 1000 euro's :D.

However, he also told me that he doesn't have time for commissions anymore, and that the best way to get one of his swords would be to buy one in Solingen.
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Postby Harry » 09 Aug 2006 16:03

oh he told me if I have 4 years to wait.... :)

the problem I want MY sword! not one of his own. MY length, MY character, MY idea....

buying one in solingen is like wanna have a designer suit and buying a "versace" suit at H&M. it is a versace, but made for two million people!
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Postby Paul » 09 Aug 2006 16:12

Thanks Harry, I must have misunderstood him then. I agree re. the custom thing. If you're going to spend E4000 on a sword, it might as well be your idea.

I think he's also a great designer and researcher (perhaps the best one in the world at the moment) so it would be good to give him a lot of room.
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Postby Alex » 09 Aug 2006 16:51

Go the Mark Vickers route Harry! £320 for a completely custom sword.
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Postby Harry » 10 Aug 2006 09:52

yeah... vickers would be my absolute choice reg. price performance ratio.
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Postby SCA Archer » 10 Aug 2006 17:19

Fab wrote:you don't need a better camera, just better light. Try taking pics of it outdoor, with an overcast weather/in the shade.


You know, any average English day... :)
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