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Old 5th October 2008, 08:39 PM   #15
Jim McDougall
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Thank you so much for the outstanding response Kisak, and for posting the photos of these beautiful swords. The Swedish examples are really quite a rarity here in the U.S. so all the more attractive!
I really appreciate your going into detail and adding references also. The Berg reference is of course really the key reference for these weapons, and I wasn't aware there were six volumes! What a treasure they must be!!

I agree with your observations, and it does seem these weapons quickly became more utilitarian as firearms technology advanced in the 19th century. As always, they certainly were appreciated when an emplacement was overrun, in which case virtually anything became a weapon, so great to have on hand.

Thank you once again,
All the best,
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