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Old 21st November 2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Is this an "old man's hobby"?

Wanted to have a little poll amongst members.
Have been discussing the 'average' age of collectors of edged weapons today with Spiral and most seem to me men in their 60s!

So wondered if you would all indulge me in a non-scientific litmus test of the age range here?

I'm 43
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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Hah I did wonder about this. My age is 26 :-)

Passionate for swords all my life though.
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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I think it is young and old, but of course, our collections (and hopefully understanding ) get better with age, like fine wine...
I'm 55.
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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60 for me but next year I'm going to reverse the whole thing and be 59. Hopefully I'll be back in my late twenties or early thirties when it's time to take a dirt nap.

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Old 21st November 2012, 05:17 PM   #5
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59, but I did start my first collection when I was 14 by the time I reached 18 I sold it all to concentrate on wine, women and, well, more wine and women.
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P.S. Best buy of my early years was a 17thC katana with an earlier tsuba in WW2 mounts, cost me £1-10/-. In todays money £1.50p, bought a lot of the aforementioned wine, women etc. when I sold it. Oh for the gift of hindsight.

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Old 21st November 2012, 05:19 PM   #6
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Ok, I am 71 and have collected for 45 + years.
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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I'm 61, and collect ethographic edge weapons by 12 years.
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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two years on the high side of a half century
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:52 PM   #9
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MY MIND IS 20 BUT MY BODY IS A VERY HARD USED 66. I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING ETHINOGRAPHIC EDGED WEAPONS ON AND OFF FOR 50 YEARS. MY FIRST AND MOST TREASURED ITEM WAS AN OLD WW2 COLLINS MACHETE WITH SCABBARD AND BELT I GOT WHEN I WAS 8 AT A OLD ARMY SURPLUS FOR $1.50. IT HUNG DOWN TO MY ANKLES IN THOSE DAYS AND WENT WITH ME ON ALL MY EARLY RAMBLES AND ADVENTURES IN THE EAST TEXAS HILLS,WOODS AND TRINITY RIVER BOTTOM. I FORGED THRU MANY JUNGLES AND BUILT MANY FORTS WITH IT AND STILL USE IT FOR YARD WORK THESE DAYS.

THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR YOUNGER COLLECTORS AS THE INTEREST IS STILL THERE IN ARMS AND ARMOR AND SHARP POINTY THINGS. THE BOYS AND SOME GIRLS STILL LIKE CARTOONS AND VIDEO GAMES WITH HEROS WITH EDGED WEAPONS SO PERHAPS THEY WILL GROW INTO IT AND CATCH THE COLLOCTORS DISEASE. THE WINE WOMEN AND SONG DOES TAKE ONE AWAY FROM COLLECTING AS IT SHOULD BUT WE LEARN WITH AGE THAT THE SHARP POINTY THINGS ARE FAR LESS DANGEROUS THAN THE FAIR SEX.
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Old 21st November 2012, 05:58 PM   #10
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WE LEARN WITH AGE THAT THE SHARP POINTY THINGS ARE FAR LESS DANGEROUS THAN THE FAIR SEX.


Oh how true, how true.
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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25 - but been at it for a decade off and on.
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:05 PM   #12
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So far, Iain and Lotfy are the hope for the future
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:16 PM   #13
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So far, Iain and Lotfy are the hope for the future


Doing my best - my wife says I'm already grumpy enough to be in my 60s.
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:17 PM   #14
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So far, Iain and Lotfy are the hope for the future



Gene, do you know something we don't?
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:30 PM   #15
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I'm 72, started with a gift from my grandfather when I was 12.
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:47 PM   #16
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I am 53 now and started 20 years ago.
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Old 21st November 2012, 06:56 PM   #17
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25 - but been at it for a decade off and on.


We are both young and ambitious, my friend.
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Old 21st November 2012, 07:22 PM   #18
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I, m 38 years old,and I have been collecting during 20 years.
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Old 21st November 2012, 07:28 PM   #19
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I bought a khukuri 10 years ago, and that started it. I'm 59.

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Old 21st November 2012, 07:36 PM   #20
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I'm 44. I bought my first piece of militaria at the age of 9 at a local gunshow with money I saved all year ( WWI British Tommy helmet in winter finish ) and have been collecting on some level evey since.
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Old 21st November 2012, 08:07 PM   #21
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Well I am 149 (according to the youth I teach)........
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Old 21st November 2012, 08:19 PM   #22
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My body is 49 years old.... (began cca 20 years ago, but slowly)
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Old 21st November 2012, 08:58 PM   #23
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I am 29, and have been collecting for 21 glorious years, I hope I have at least another 21 in me!
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Old 21st November 2012, 09:06 PM   #24
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43, pretending to be 40- something for the next 6 years

My father (79 now) had a javanese golok which he traded as a young boy for a defective wristwatch. It was always laying next to his tool box.
It was an intrigueing object. as a small boy (approx 10) I thought it to be a knights sword, but playing with it was off-limits.

At the age of 15, after watching the television series "Shogun", I wanted a replica katana, (made in spain) and with my parents consent I bought it for NLG 230, which is appox Eur 105,- nowadays.

I wish I had bouhgt a 17th cent. katana like Norman did , as I still have the bloody replica katana as a token of bad taste and quality

Best regards,
Willem

Ps. remember Anjin San / Richard Chamberlain.
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Old 21st November 2012, 09:36 PM   #25
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[QUOTE=asomotif] I wish I had bouhgt a 17th cent. katana like Norman did

Hi Willem,
Absolute luck and sheer ignorance I can assure you.
Regards,
Norman.
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Old 21st November 2012, 09:50 PM   #26
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I turned 53 this year and have been collecting antiques of one type or another most of my life. Two years ago my father passed away and left me his weapons collection. Now I am in REAL trouble. Antique weapons are rapidly taking over all my other hobbies.
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Old 21st November 2012, 11:55 PM   #27
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350 dog years or 50. Been at it 15 years.

All the Best
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Old 22nd November 2012, 12:21 AM   #28
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44

Martial artist for 35+ years, which naturally led to an immediate unatural compulsion to acquire every conceivable hand weapon available.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 12:23 AM   #29
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32, and been collecting about 10 years.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 01:43 AM   #30
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I'm 66. Began collecting antique firearms when I was 14. Always tried to follow the rule of acquiring at least one reference book for every new piece in the collection. Bought a kukri at a gun show on a whim when I was 55 - knew nothing about it, thought it looked interesting, and tried to find out more about it. Discovered that, unlike the many firearms books available, there was precious little printed information about the kukri. Began searching the newly evolving Internet, haunted eBay, developed a correspondence with a gentleman named John Powell who outbid me on a piece I really wanted. Discovered this and other online forums. The collection continues to grow, and I keep meeting other collectors online, a much more gratifying way of learning than simply reading a book.
I think it has always been the case that acquiring a collection takes time, and collectors therefore tend to be older. Whether the field of weapons collecting is one that will continue to attract new collectors in a changing world is something I do wonder about.
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