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Old 28th January 2017, 05:35 PM   #1
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just won this swordstick in an antique dealer's auction here in the UK, bamboo stick, rootball handle. no provenance, no dimensions yet, being shipped to me in a few days. appears to have a square cross section blade, friction fit, joint at a node for concealment. not sure if it's european or asian...
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Old 28th January 2017, 06:28 PM   #2
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Nice sword Wayne. Please post better pics when you get it. Based on the evidence so far it looks Asian to me.

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Most surely European, probably French, as these were quite popular by the late 19th century. I've handled a certain amount of them, better ones have internal compression lock, Japanese-style scrimshaw-like carving all along the shaft, but the blades are usually marked Klingenthal, basically a sharpened foil's blade.
Pretty coveted these days.
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Old 29th January 2017, 09:26 PM   #4
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was just guessing on the lock, hopefully it is an 'internal compression lock' as uou mnetioned. will know more next week or so.
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Old 29th January 2017, 10:39 PM   #5
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It's European, likely UK made. Not a factory made retail example, home made.

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