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  • Aaron Miedema
    Just so happens I m in good with the Marshall in Charge. I can plead your case. =) She was thinking a Cut and Thrust Tourney was a good idea. ... -- Aaron
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 17, 2013
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      Just so happens I'm in good with the Marshall in Charge. I can plead your
      case. =)

      She was thinking a Cut and Thrust Tourney was a good idea.

      On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM, Bob Roberts <maskkasm@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > I am thinking about it (it's been 6 years since I attended an event),
      > especially if there will be many fencers (and perhaps some cut and thrust
      > enthusiasts). It also depends if there will be room for lots of pickup
      > bouts (what I am really interested in). From what I understand from the
      > information available online, the site is small.
      >
      > Cheers!
      >
      >
      > ________________________________
      > From: Aaron Miedema govianus@...>
      > To: E_Rapier@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:40:51 PM
      >
      > Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Buying a Rapier
      >
      > It was my intention. See you then I guess?
      >
      > On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Bob Roberts maskkasm@...> wrote:
      >
      > > **
      >
      > >
      > >
      > > Hi, I thought that I should add my recent experience with you.
      > > Triplette: I purchased one of their rapiers in 2005. It broke at the tang
      > > after less than one year of use (roughly two practices a week, no cut and
      > > thrust). No support from Triplette was offered.
      > > Darkwood: I have now had two swords from them. A heavy rapier and
      > > recently, one of their katanas (actually a no-dachi/tachi � the thing is
      > a
      > > beast). After seven years of abuse (including a few years of significant
      > > bashing while doing cut and thrust with Aaron and Ross), it broke at the
      > > joining of the tang with the threading for the pommel nut. After
      > contacting
      > > Darkwood (with a lengthy introduction assuring them that I was not
      > > complaining or expecting anything since I had received great value and
      > use
      > > from the sword) and asking them their advice about welding it back
      > together
      > > (which they provided with detail), Darkwood offered to fix it for me for
      > > free (I only have to pay shipping).
      > > So, while the Darkwood blades are a bit more expensive, the quality,
      > > durability and follow-up service is excellent.
      > > I hope this helps.
      > > On a different note, are you (Aaron) going to the moot in February?
      > >
      > > ________________________________
      > > From: Aaron Miedema govianus@...>
      > > To: E_Rapier@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:08:25 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Buying a Rapier
      > >
      > >
      > > I concur with your advice on going with the Darkwood economy series.
      > > Although even that is an unsatisfying answer. The Quality of Darkwood's
      > > blades has gone right down hill in the last three years or so, their
      > temper
      > > of their blades is disappointing as of late. As to Paul Chen / Hanwei.
      > > Their factory actually burned down a year or two ago and they are taking
      > > the opportunity to rework their catalogue, so the remaining old stock is
      > > currently scarce, and that may be the reasoning for the price increase,
      > > Although, their quality and prices have seemed to be steadily increasing
      > > since their alliance with Tinker Pierce.
      > >
      > > James the Just might still be doing some stuff with Hanwei blades that
      > are
      > > still available, but, when I saw their booth at Gulf Wars, I saw an awful
      > > lot of Alchem blades on his stuff.
      > >
      > > On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM, EVE HARRIS evedave1@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > **
      > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Greetings!
      > > >
      > > > I've had an enquiry from one of my students about buying a rapier. The
      > > > gentle in question is looking for a reasonably inexpensive but period
      > > > looking rapier, something in the $200 range. I haven't checked what's
      > out
      > > > there in a while as I've been dealing exclusively with Darkwood for my
      > > > recent sword needs. My go to starter rapier was the CAS-Iberia/Paul
      > Chen
      > > > Practical Rapier but the prices seem to have gone through the roof.
      > Where
      > > > they used to be around $125-$150 I'm seeing them for $225-$300(!). I
      > > heard
      > > > they had a fire at their facility some time ago which might be
      > effecting
      > > > the price. Also, the 37" Practical seems to have become virtually
      > > extinct.
      > > >
      > > > There do seem to be quite a few rapiers out there on the market, but I
      > > > have no idea what the quality of some of these swords are. There
      > doesn't
      > > > seem to be anything decent that is close to the $200 mark. I'm seeking
      > > the
      > > > rapier communities opinions on what is out there and what works for
      > them
      > > at
      > > > a lower price point. A fall back is always Zen Warrior, but I'm quite
      > > > disappointed with the R13 swept hilt, the closest thing to a 16th c.
      > hilt
      > > > they have. It's quite clunk and uncomfortable in the hand, at least the
      > > > ones I've handled have been. The R6 is also a possibility but it is a
      > > post
      > > > period hilt, though it is relatively inexpensive ($180 with a 37" T03
      > > > rapier blade).
      > > >
      > > > I'm almost thinking of recommending that he spend the extra money and
      > get
      > > > the Darkwood Economy Ring Hilt rapier for $300. My experiences with
      > > > Darkwood have good so far and it's a pretty, very period looking hilt,
      > > > though it's not the one shown on the Darkwood rapier page, you have to
      > > > click on the link to see all the alternatives.
      > > >
      > > > I used to feel pretty confident about offering advice on what to buy,
      > but
      > > > the market seems to have changed since last I looked, so any advice
      > would
      > > > be greatly appreciated.
      > > >
      > > > Yours in Service
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Albrecht
      > > >
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      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > > --
      > > Aaron Miedema, B.F.A., B.A., M.A.
      > > Historian
      > > Historical Advisor for the Motion Picture *21 Brothers*
      > > http://www.21brothers.com/* Guiness Book of World Records* Holder for
      > >
      > > "Longest film shot in a single take."
      > > Author of *Bayonets and Blobsticks, The Canadian Experience of Close
      > Combat
      > > 1915-1918*, available from Legacy Books Press.
      > > http://www.legacybookspress.com/books.html#Bayonet
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      > Aaron Miedema, B.F.A., B.A., M.A.
      > Historian
      > Historical Advisor for the Motion Picture *21 Brothers*
      > http://www.21brothers.com/* Guiness Book of World Records* Holder for
      > "Longest film shot in a single take."
      > Author of *Bayonets and Blobsticks, The Canadian Experience of Close Combat
      > 1915-1918*, available from Legacy Books Press.
      > http://www.legacybookspress.com/books.html#Bayonet
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      --
      Aaron Miedema, B.F.A., B.A., M.A.
      Historian
      Historical Advisor for the Motion Picture *21 Brothers*
      http://www.21brothers.com/* Guiness Book of World Records* Holder for
      "Longest film shot in a single take."
      Author of *Bayonets and Blobsticks, The Canadian Experience of Close Combat
      1915-1918*, available from Legacy Books Press.
      http://www.legacybookspress.com/books.html#Bayonet
      **


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