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http://www.siliconera.com/2015/03/15/man-at-arms-blacksmithing-show-creates-guts-pre-dragonslayer-sword-from-berserk/

Ok I really want this sword that man at arms forged in this video. Now that is a good training sword.. (to get in shape.)
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

http://www.siliconera.com/2015/03/15/man-at-arms-blacksmithing-show-creates-guts-pre-dragonslayer-sword-from-berserk/

Ok I really want this sword that man at arms forged in this video. Now that is a good training sword.. (to get in shape.)


Man, I would break my wrists trying to swing that thing. If it is made 100% like the sword in the anime, it would probably weigh like 80 pounds.

All the weight forward, horrible balance. If you can use this, you don't NEED any more training...
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Posted 3/22/15 , edited 3/22/15

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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

http://www.siliconera.com/2015/03/15/man-at-arms-blacksmithing-show-creates-guts-pre-dragonslayer-sword-from-berserk/

Ok I really want this sword that man at arms forged in this video. Now that is a good training sword.. (to get in shape.)


Man, I would break my wrists trying to swing that thing. If it is made 100% like the sword in the anime, it would probably weigh like 80 pounds.

All the weight forward, horrible balance. If you can use this, you don't NEED any more training...


I believe it was more like 40 or 50 pounds but yeah its a monster.



Also at 730 PM... I got E-Mail from Ryan Swords, it seems they are going to forge my special designed Katana witch I am naming Dark Phoenix. Once they finish it and send it I am so going to show it off.. After all Its the sword that will house my Soul.

So I just got me two swords today, Zoro's katana, and my Katana. once they both show I have to compare usefulness and balance.


And this is the last sword I will be able to buy for a wile unless I want to sell my Hummer.
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Posted 4/2/15 , edited 4/28/15
My new swords hand forged by Ryan Swords.



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Posted 4/28/15
That's pretty awesome dude. As for myself, I'm not a collector of any sort as far as I know.
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Posted 4/28/15 , edited 4/28/15

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That's pretty awesome dude. As for myself, I'm not a collector of any sort as far as I know.


I don't believe that I bet you have a large collection. Maybe of lady friends? Or of Games? I am sure you have something you just have not noticed you collecting. Its Human Nature..
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I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?

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I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.
Posted 4/29/15
Are any of these swords coming from the Philippines?

I live in the Philippines. My wife's province of Batangas is "popular" on knives and swords. I'm just wondering.

The Anime/Manga hobby is brand new to me...
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Scooty-Bby wrote:



I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.

that's not true.. I know a company where you can get a real bad ass sword for $150, its not going to look as pretty as my two swords that both only cost around 300 after shipping. Yeah both my new swords are razor sharp battle ready and cost around 300 after shipping. Plus you seen what they look like they are perfect.
So advice look up Ryan Sword They probably the best swords you can get for the price. And they don't just have my approval but all 200+ members of my swords collectors club. And some of them happen to be Sword Smiths them selves. Just look at this sword http://www.ryansword.com/strong-conan-destroyer-handmade-swordheavy-duty-cutting-swordryan852-p-675.html and that's under $500.
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Hm... I collect lots of things. As a Geologist major I collect rocks, gems and precious metals like gold and silver (mainly in the coin form). I like you also collect and practice with my swords. I have 3 rapiers, 4 katanas, some Chinese dynasty swords, a zweihander, some spears, halberds, and shields. Sadly I can not keep them in my apartment so I had to keep them in storage at my parents... 600 miles away... I miss my blades.

I get most of mine off Kult of Athena. Here are a few that I recommend if you have the money!

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AA163&name=Arms+%26+Armor+German+Rapier
My personal favorite. My pride and joy.
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AA142&name=Arms+%26+Armor+Musketeer+Rapier
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=501409&name=Brandenburg+Rapier
My starting rapier. She still holds a place in my heart.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=DF013&name=Dynasty+Forge+Chinese+Imperial+Qing+Sword+%2D+Tien+Di+Ren+Jian
My only Chinese dynasty sword I got off this site. She holds up well.

http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/Dojo-Pro.html
For the price these katanas are amazing.
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Posted 4/29/15 , edited 4/29/15

Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Scooty-Bby wrote:



I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.

that's not true.. I know a company where you can get a real bad ass sword for $150, its not going to look as pretty as my two swords that both only cost around 300 after shipping. Yeah both my new swords are razor sharp battle ready and cost around 300 after shipping. Plus you seen what they look like they are perfect.
So advice look up Ryan Sword They probably the best swords you can get for the price. And they don't just have my approval but all 200+ members of my swords collectors club. And some of them happen to be Sword Smiths them selves. Just look at this sword http://www.ryansword.com/strong-conan-destroyer-handmade-swordheavy-duty-cutting-swordryan852-p-675.html and that's under $500.


Comparatively, most swords under the $300-$400 range are trash. I'm more interested in their furniture than their actual blades. Sure, you can get something that's functional, but it's not going to be as beautiful or as durable as a production sword of the aforementioned price range. There will be more flaws, like saya scuffs and loose spacers and misaligned habaki. The saya might be too tight or too loose, the saya may not have horn used at the openings, the wrapping might be shoelacey, the sword furniture may be mismatched, ugly, or generic. Sometimes, the mekugi are junk and I have to replace them because the wood is light and weak. Sometimes the polish sucks and the heat tempering quality varies among different swords or even different swords of the same line. The blade might be poorly polished in some areas, causing me to spend hours on the waterstones. The blood grooves are sometimes misaligned, which is very ugly. There is usually no lamination and the metal is usually not a highly-touted modern alloy. The holes in the tang might be punched wrong, there may be a gap between the habaki and the base of the blade, the tsuba might rattle, etc. I could go on.

There's just too much that can go wrong with a $150 sword. I personally no longer buy blades for below the $300-$400 range. They're usually inferior unless you're lucky and that's not a risk I suggest a user of the sword should take. If you also cut with them and sharpen them yourself, you notice even more undesirable characteristics. The cheapest sword I'll ever consider buying now will be around $300. A $150 sword is not forgiving on botched cuts and is much more likely to be a lemon. The costs have to be cut from SOMEWHERE, and you'll instantly notice the differences between a high-end $800 production sword and a $150 blade forged in China. Some don't even rust when I neglect them, even though they claim to be made of the same carbon steel as my higher end production katana, which HAVE rusted when I oiled them carelessly. It's sort of suspicious since stainless steel is the last thing I want to be cutting with. I've also had a $120 sword snap on me when I cut with it. They obviously hold up for the first dozen or so cuts, but they'll be worn out by the two hundredth cut while my higher end swords are still going strong.

For people just starting out, the Sword Buyer Guide is a good source of information. The SBG forum is frequented by a lot of knowledgeable people as well. The poster above me recommended a Dojo Pro. Those ARE actually pretty nice for the price.
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Morbidhanson wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Scooty-Bby wrote:



I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.

that's not true.. I know a company where you can get a real bad ass sword for $150, its not going to look as pretty as my two swords that both only cost around 300 after shipping. Yeah both my new swords are razor sharp battle ready and cost around 300 after shipping. Plus you seen what they look like they are perfect.
So advice look up Ryan Sword They probably the best swords you can get for the price. And they don't just have my approval but all 200+ members of my swords collectors club. And some of them happen to be Sword Smiths them selves. Just look at this sword http://www.ryansword.com/strong-conan-destroyer-handmade-swordheavy-duty-cutting-swordryan852-p-675.html and that's under $500.


Comparatively, most swords under the $300-$400 range are junk. Sure, you can get something that's functional, but it's not going to be as beautiful or as durable as a production sword of the aforementioned price range. There will be more flaws, like saya scuffs and loose spacers and misaligned habaki. The saya might be too tight or too loose, the saya may not have horn used at the openings, the wrapping might be shoelacey, the sword furniture may be mismatched, ugly, or generic. Sometimes, the mekugi are junk and I have to replace them because the wood is light and weak. Sometimes the polish sucks and the heat tempering quality varies among different swords or even different swords of the same line. The blade might be poorly polished in some areas, causing me to spend hours on the waterstones. The blood grooves are sometimes misaligned, which is very ugly. There is usually no lamination and the metal is usually not a highly-touted modern alloy.

There's just too much that can go wrong with a $150 sword. I personally no longer buy blades for below the $300-$400 range. They're usually inferior unless you're lucky and that's not a risk I suggest a user of the sword should take. If you also cut with them and sharpen them yourself, you notice even more undesirable characteristics. The cheapest sword I'll ever consider buying now will be around $300.

For people just starting out, the Sword Buyer Guide is a good source of information. The SBG forum is frequented by a lot of knowledgeable people as well.


Might I suggest a site for you. Ryan Sword make high level swords even for $140. They only use real horn, and their all hand forged. I am also a huge fan of their Custom options. and they will work with you so you can get what you want. Like said earlier I am a member of a group of sword Collectors and blacksmiths, and all of them Agree Ryan Swords have the best swords for the price. They don't jip people on material or quality. I my self am a huge fan of using 1095 carbon steel for my swords, but if you rather have it made with another material they will do it as well. If you ever got anything from Cold steel? Their quality is half assed, yet cost 3 to 4 times what You can get from Ryan Sword so give it a look. I will put my pride and self on the line for this claim, you never find better group for making swords. (at their prices.)
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Scooty-Bby wrote:



I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.

that's not true.. I know a company where you can get a real bad ass sword for $150, its not going to look as pretty as my two swords that both only cost around 300 after shipping. Yeah both my new swords are razor sharp battle ready and cost around 300 after shipping. Plus you seen what they look like they are perfect.
So advice look up Ryan Sword They probably the best swords you can get for the price. And they don't just have my approval but all 200+ members of my swords collectors club. And some of them happen to be Sword Smiths them selves. Just look at this sword http://www.ryansword.com/strong-conan-destroyer-handmade-swordheavy-duty-cutting-swordryan852-p-675.html and that's under $500.


Comparatively, most swords under the $300-$400 range are junk. Sure, you can get something that's functional, but it's not going to be as beautiful or as durable as a production sword of the aforementioned price range. There will be more flaws, like saya scuffs and loose spacers and misaligned habaki. The saya might be too tight or too loose, the saya may not have horn used at the openings, the wrapping might be shoelacey, the sword furniture may be mismatched, ugly, or generic. Sometimes, the mekugi are junk and I have to replace them because the wood is light and weak. Sometimes the polish sucks and the heat tempering quality varies among different swords or even different swords of the same line. The blade might be poorly polished in some areas, causing me to spend hours on the waterstones. The blood grooves are sometimes misaligned, which is very ugly. There is usually no lamination and the metal is usually not a highly-touted modern alloy.

There's just too much that can go wrong with a $150 sword. I personally no longer buy blades for below the $300-$400 range. They're usually inferior unless you're lucky and that's not a risk I suggest a user of the sword should take. If you also cut with them and sharpen them yourself, you notice even more undesirable characteristics. The cheapest sword I'll ever consider buying now will be around $300.

For people just starting out, the Sword Buyer Guide is a good source of information. The SBG forum is frequented by a lot of knowledgeable people as well.


Might I suggest a site for you. Ryan Sword make high level swords even for $140. They only use real horn, and their all hand forged. I am also a huge fan of their Custom options. and they will work with you so you can get what you want. Like said earlier I am a member of a group of sword Collectors and blacksmiths, and all of them Agree Ryan Swords have the best swords for the price. They don't jip people on material or quality. I my self am a huge fan of using 1095 carbon steel for my swords, but if you rather have it made with another material they will do it as well. If you ever got anything from Cold steel? Their quality is half assed, yet cost 3 to 4 times what You can get from Ryan Sword so give it a look. I will put my pride and self on the line for this claim, you never find better group for making swords. (at their prices.)


Ryan Swords are meh. The swords aren't terrible but I don't find the sub-$300 blades to be of acceptable quality. They most important part of the sword is the blade. It's nice to have the custom option for furniture but I still can't bring myself to suggest a sub-$300 Ryan sword for a serious cutter. I trust St-Nihonto swords more.

I do have experience with Cold Steel. I don't think their problem is quality. They clearly use some very good and consistent heat treatment and their blades are nearly indestructible, actually. The problem with Cold Steel is that whoever designed their swords has no clue what a traditional sword is supposed to be like. Their blades are actually OVERBUILT and this causes balance issues. But if you want something that will cut forever even if mistreated by an idiot, Cold Steel is where it's at. Their swords are ugly and not traditional but, make no mistake. They WILL cut tougher targets than traditional blades because of the way they are built. Cold Steel doesn't produce fighting swords. It produces executioner swords.

Nobody buys from the Cold Steel site. Always get Cold Steel blades from cheaper places, like Kult of Athena or even Amazon. The official site inflates prices by like 40%.
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Morbidhanson wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:


Scooty-Bby wrote:



I have to ask, where do you get all these awesome swords from? Are you just able to order them online?

Ive wanted to start a sword collection for years but I have no idea how to go about that?



Yeah, you can buy many online but you should do your research before buying. It's unlikely that you'll get any worthwhile swords for under the $300-$400 range and you should learn to identify what you want from a sword before investing.

that's not true.. I know a company where you can get a real bad ass sword for $150, its not going to look as pretty as my two swords that both only cost around 300 after shipping. Yeah both my new swords are razor sharp battle ready and cost around 300 after shipping. Plus you seen what they look like they are perfect.
So advice look up Ryan Sword They probably the best swords you can get for the price. And they don't just have my approval but all 200+ members of my swords collectors club. And some of them happen to be Sword Smiths them selves. Just look at this sword http://www.ryansword.com/strong-conan-destroyer-handmade-swordheavy-duty-cutting-swordryan852-p-675.html and that's under $500.


Comparatively, most swords under the $300-$400 range are junk. Sure, you can get something that's functional, but it's not going to be as beautiful or as durable as a production sword of the aforementioned price range. There will be more flaws, like saya scuffs and loose spacers and misaligned habaki. The saya might be too tight or too loose, the saya may not have horn used at the openings, the wrapping might be shoelacey, the sword furniture may be mismatched, ugly, or generic. Sometimes, the mekugi are junk and I have to replace them because the wood is light and weak. Sometimes the polish sucks and the heat tempering quality varies among different swords or even different swords of the same line. The blade might be poorly polished in some areas, causing me to spend hours on the waterstones. The blood grooves are sometimes misaligned, which is very ugly. There is usually no lamination and the metal is usually not a highly-touted modern alloy.

There's just too much that can go wrong with a $150 sword. I personally no longer buy blades for below the $300-$400 range. They're usually inferior unless you're lucky and that's not a risk I suggest a user of the sword should take. If you also cut with them and sharpen them yourself, you notice even more undesirable characteristics. The cheapest sword I'll ever consider buying now will be around $300.

For people just starting out, the Sword Buyer Guide is a good source of information. The SBG forum is frequented by a lot of knowledgeable people as well.


Might I suggest a site for you. Ryan Sword make high level swords even for $140. They only use real horn, and their all hand forged. I am also a huge fan of their Custom options. and they will work with you so you can get what you want. Like said earlier I am a member of a group of sword Collectors and blacksmiths, and all of them Agree Ryan Swords have the best swords for the price. They don't jip people on material or quality. I my self am a huge fan of using 1095 carbon steel for my swords, but if you rather have it made with another material they will do it as well. If you ever got anything from Cold steel? Their quality is half assed, yet cost 3 to 4 times what You can get from Ryan Sword so give it a look. I will put my pride and self on the line for this claim, you never find better group for making swords. (at their prices.)


Ryan Swords are meh. The swords aren't terrible but I don't find the sub-$300 blades to be of acceptable quality. They most important part of the sword is the blade. It's nice to have the custom option for furniture but I still can't bring myself to suggest a sub-$300 Ryan sword for a serious cutter. I trust St-Nihonto swords more.

I do have experience with Cold Steel. I don't think their problem is quality. They clearly use some very good and consistent heat treatment and their blades are nearly indestructible, actually. The problem with Cold Steel is that whoever designed their swords has no clue what a traditional sword is supposed to be like. Their blades are actually OVERBUILT and this causes balance issues. But if you want something that will cut forever even if mistreated by an idiot, Cold Steel is where it's at. Their swords are ugly and not traditional but, make no mistake. They WILL cut tougher targets than traditional blades because of the way they are built. Cold Steel doesn't produce fighting swords. It produces executioner swords.

Nobody buys from the Cold Steel site. Always get Cold Steel blades from cheaper places, like Kult of Athena or even Amazon. The official site inflates prices by like 40%.
I only pointed out cold steel do to my bad experience with them, and how much they set me back. I have 3 swords from Cold steel, let me correct that, I have 1 sword from cold steel. 2 swords ranging from little over $800.00 and another at $1400.00 Broke wile I was cutting plastic jugs with them, both at the tang where it meets the hilt and blade. Wen investigated found out it was do to bad steel and uneven heat treatment. So No I can not agree with you wen it comes to cold steel. I have to say we are going to have to be on opposing sides of this opinion. But still it is nice to hear from other sword fans, Maybe sometime you could give your face book name, so I can invite you to a group of fellow sword fans, who not only love swords but make them and sell them, or do back yard cutting, or do the sword sparring. Its a place for all types of sword people.

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