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Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Hindmost » 28 Aug 2013 15:18

Possibly thanks to recent popular stories in the news about Historical Fencing Master Certifications, IKEA have finally recognised that historical fencing is a legit activity and here to stay and have released their own line of sword racks for HEMA enthusiasts on a budget:
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The good peoples of IKEA may have originally designed their GRUNDTAL as a kitchen shelf, but it is now undoubtedly sold as a sword rack:
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So for anyone with a moderate number of swords this is a practical and reasonably cheap solution (£12, €19), as it is a solid structure you can put several sword in.
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Tyler Brandon » 28 Aug 2013 23:20

First IKEA product I've ever liked.
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Reinier » 29 Aug 2013 06:29

Does it hold rapiers as well?
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Hindmost » 29 Aug 2013 07:32

Reinier wrote:Does it hold rapiers as well?


I don't have one in the house at the moment but I don't see why not. The distance between bars is 6 cm, so fine for rapiers and sabers, maybe not enough for smallswords or bananas, depending on how wide their crossguards are.
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby admin » 04 Sep 2013 10:45

I, for one, would like to thank IKEA for coming to the rescue of hard working HEMA fighters.
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Jacob_Lee » 04 Sep 2013 11:40

If it helps, you can search directly for the Ikea products using their article number.

The GRUNDAL Drying rack (wall version) has the article number: 902.192.97
Just pop it into the search bar, and it'll get you to the product.

Or if you're buying from the UK website: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90219297/

Hindmost wrote:The distance between bars is 6 cm, so fine for rapiers and sabers, maybe not enough for smallswords or bananas, depending on how wide their crossguards are.


The only idea I have for that would to possibly cut a hole into a cheap plastic plate, and fix that on top of the rack. It'll probably take some space on the rack though. Fixing rope between the bars may be a better option now that I think about it.
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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby desdecardo » 04 Sep 2013 16:22

I got one of these though I went for the smaller version with only one "slot" to put swords into. At the moment I have six swords in there, though I could easily get more in if I bunched them up. My cold steel small sword fits in but only just, another centimetre apart and it would slip through the bars. It is very easy to put together though it does not come with any rawlplugs or screws to mount it to the wall, so ensure you have some to hand if you buy this.

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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby swahili » 18 Sep 2013 07:32

Reinier wrote:Does it hold rapiers as well?


Yes :D

Now if they only did it in HEMA black...

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Re: Review: IKEA sword rack

Postby Tyler Brandon » 18 Sep 2013 22:27

swahili wrote:Now if they only did it in HEMA black...


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