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Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2021, 05:18 PM
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Latin exports

I don't remember where I heard about England buying steel from Spain and Italy - until wars prevented it, but given the reputation of Toledo blades it seems obvious.
Questions now arise: where did...
Forum: European Armoury 24th August 2021, 07:33 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
for accuracy's sake

Just to keep the record straight I have found and supply an image of the mistaken sword.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd August 2021, 10:33 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
error correction

I made a mistake... my sword is not the Wentworth-Woodhouse sword.
The casket is as described, but the sword is in the possession of the Royal Armouries.
It is virtually identical to mine except...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd August 2021, 08:12 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
New Shotley Bridge book.

Hello Keith, I have just-re read your excellent book on the swords of Shotley Bridge and I recall a while ago you were actually in Solingen searching their archives most thoroughly ! The sword you...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2021, 03:39 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
man, myth and magic

Hello Fernando.
What an astonishing and revelationary treatise on Toledo.
Toledo was always the most famous of course: as an individual, completely unconnected with the blade world, I was always...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2021, 08:47 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Wootz up Doc'

Hey Fernando, thank-you for that link: I was able to absorb about 50% of it before my brain imploded. The metallurgy involved in blade-making is simply too vast to take on board without devoting...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2021, 06:49 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Tempus fugit

The issue I was opening for debate is that Wootz may not have been tempered.
This seems like a contradiction to everything we have come to understand about blade forging.
Are there any blacksmiths...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 10:08 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
ps

Note the very distinctive forge weld of the blade up at the forte and the gouge under the letter B in the softer metal.
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 10:06 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Shotley Bridge blade

My Shotley Bridge sword (which was actually forged in Solingen and brought over with the immigrants: it has a Passau Wolf along with the script Shotley Bridg; see images) is still fantastically sharp...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 09:44 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Wootz

It was vital that the correct leaves and twigs were added to the crucible when making Wootz. Just adding charcoal/carbon didn't do it as there needed to be trace elements of Molybdemum, Vanadium and...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 07:53 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Poor standards of English blades

Here is an edited piece from Bezdek on the run-up to establishing Hounslow:
In 1621, King James I declared that he needed military swords for 12,000 men (for the Thirty Years War). Previously, he...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 07:23 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Toledo blade science

Thank-you Fernando. I ran it through Google Translate and got an 85% accuracy.
Unfortunately, with so much technical content the translator was unable to achieve a usable result.
If I had a...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 01:49 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Myth, magic and metals

In response to the query about Solingen's superior output, here is a short explanation:
In the 16th century, the forging technique in Solingen was already quite advanced in its development and...
Forum: European Armoury 14th August 2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By urbanspaceman
English blades

This seems like another simple question but I have a feeling it may prove otherwise.
During my research there has been one unavoidable issue that remains unanswered:
why could the English not...
Forum: European Armoury 14th August 2021, 08:30 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
blade marks at Hounslow

Benjamin Stone was the biggest operator at Hounslow; he was certainly the most notorious. His factories and mill feature prominently on the map of Hounslow at the time.
Most of the Germans there...
Forum: European Armoury 14th August 2021, 12:04 AM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
remarkable about turn

Jim, that first sword is almost identical to mine. In fact, I would not be surprised if my grip binding was not a replacement for the original antler.

Adding it all up, I now think that the 1553...
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By urbanspaceman
blade marks cont'

I have to agree with you Jim and disagree with Stuart: you will recall that my initial question at the beginning of this thread was whether such a blade as mine was produced in Solingen in the early...
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 06:14 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Shields

Yet again we progress, thank-you Jim.

The shield is like a one on a swept hilt rapier I have. You attributed it to a City Guard which is almost certainly correct as far as the rapier is...
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 02:40 PM
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Views: 2,019
Posted By urbanspaceman
2 swords

Don't let my grasshopper attention confuse: the latten with the crosses and accompanying shield are from the sword I didn't acquire.
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 02:37 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Dates

Thanks again Jim... when do you sleep???

Your information regarding numbers is equally compelling and makes me question my indication of the historical event of 1553.

This business of ANNO...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
Posted By urbanspaceman
ps

Sorry, should have included the image of the shield; here it is:
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2021, 09:52 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Hounslow

Thank-you Jim, great research as always.

The latten wolf has cropped-up on Hounslow blades a few times for me; once with a curious X marking and a shield as well (see pics) which I only just...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2021, 10:52 AM
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Views: 2,019
Posted By urbanspaceman
PS

Here is the entire sword image:
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2021, 10:49 AM
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Views: 2,019
Posted By urbanspaceman
1553

The blade is from a Hounslow Hanger and is date-stamped 1553 which obviously must be a commemorative unless it was in existence 100 years earlier and was subsequently re-hilted a century later; this...
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
Posted By urbanspaceman
blade mystery

Hello Folks.
Here is a simple question:
was Solingen producing and exporting to England such a blade as this in the early 1500s?
Further details will depend on the answer.
Thanks in...
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