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Old 9th May 2011, 03:17 PM   #24
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: College Park, MD
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I think that Phuntsho Rapten may have relied a great deal on the expertise of one of his informants, a man that is said to have a considerable sword collection (I have spoken to his son).

Below are some new swords, including a couple of shots of a laminated blade.

The smiths are working a lot with silver, so my observation that the pierced floriate work is not as nicely rounded and delicate as on some of the older (iron) pommels is just a function of the softer material, which must consequently be thicker.
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