I want to find out what the Dark Sword Armoury Ranger sword is like from someone who actually owns one. Is there anyone on this forum that owns one and can let me know what they think of it. I am most likely going to be buying one here very shortly and just haven't found anyone that actually owns one. I guess if no one does have one then when I get mine I will have to do a review for the forum.
hi, i too have been lookin at this beautiful sword, its saying at the arms of valor website it ways in at 4,10 pounds witch is heaver than most of theres but the point of balance is suppose to be only like 4.5 inchs from the guard, ? if thats the case it should be a fairly responsive 2 handed sword, i think that may be my next purchase
javadog, i seen the post that you have the DSA elven sword, and you say its heavy i would expect it but what its its weight , it says it ways 4.5 pounds, its that right , what about the balance, says it at 6 inch's about the guard , that sound close? I'm just curious , thats all cuz that one looks nice too. ;D
OK, I was not quite ready to break this story but I'll tell you some of the facts. The DSA Elven and Ranger swords are both very attractive swords. You need to get your figures straight before making a buying decision, as they are on the higher end of prices of the swords we consider here. I measured the dimensions of my Elven sword with a digital micrometer and a digital scale accurate to tenths of ounces.The websites (DSA and Arms of Valor) said the blade width was 1.8 inches, mine was 2.36 inches. The websites said the weight was 4 pounds, 5 ounces, mine was 5 pounds, 5 ounces! I was bummed for a while because the sword I originally planned to get was only about 3 and a half pounds. I decided I did not want to spend another $42 to ship the sword back to Canada and I would make the best of it.I began to try to sharpen it with a file and could barely scratch the surface-the steel is tempered very hard and power tools can't be used or the temper and the sword will be ruined. I called people but nobody had any good advice. I was becoming more depressed by this time. Anyway, since I thought I had ruined the sword anyway I felt I had nothing to lose so I TOOK IT APART. I had never done that before. Having the blade separated from the handle made it easier to manage, which gave me hope. I went to Lowes and bought a coarse Nicholson file and found that with some effort I was able to sharpen about an inch on the blade. I figure it will take me eight months to sharpen the whole 72 inches. Since this is going to become a huge project like remodeling a house I have decided to dye the grip leather black, and to sandblast and parkerize( like bluing)the pommel, crossguard and spacer.If you have never seen this go to the Arms and Armor website, look at one of their swords and click on hilt bluing. The only problem with the process is that you have to use boiling phosphoric acid, manganese dioxide and other explosive and deadly chemicals that will kill you if you touch them. Also, you will have the DEA busting your door in at some point as they will think you are running a meth lab! Nevertheless, these are the risks I must take. If I succeed I am going to call the finished product the Elven War Sword and post the pictures on the board.
Anyway, my point is that in my case the website numbers were not the same as the sword I was sent. It is probably just a mistake,but be prepared to get a large and heavy sword. Save the packing materials in case you have to send it back. Do not try to sharpen it yourself unless you are experienced and good at that- the AoV sharpening deal is a bargain. Let me know what happens.
Well I thought my mind was made up about buying the Ranger sword, but now I don't know. Leoghan, please post your review here of your impressions of the Ranger sword when you get it. I just love the look of the sword but am discouraged by the weight. I don't like the Gen 2 Ranger but want something simular in style to the DSA Ranger sword without paying over $400. Does anyone have some other suggestions?
I have emailed DSA and they replied saying that the Ranger is 5lb 4oz, and it is slightly on the heavy side and that the weight was done on purpose since it is a fantasy sword. But also say that many ARMA members have used it in combat without any problems. Also they told me that most knife sharping stores should be able to sharpen the sword. Just make sure they use a spinning wheel not just an electric knife sharpener. DSA have been great for getting back to my emails to answer my questions, so far there service is great. I just want to do a bit more research before buying my sword. I am still very interested in the Ranger though.
Post by Brendan Olszowy on Feb 4, 2008 5:56:07 GMT
5lb 4oz doesn't sound that bad but you'll be surprised how much work it is to handle. You really need to put energy in to it or it will throw you around. And I too have experience trying to use a file to sharpen a Hanwei Practical and there are more fun things you can do with 8-10 hours of your life.
horseman, never fear i shall do a full review of the ranger(well it will be my first public review anyway ;D) im thinking it should not be that bad if balanced as good as i hear,. i have a claymore that ways 7 pounds and its a full 58 inches and not balanced well(marto wall hanger) and i made a conan sword with a beautiful cast bronze guard hilt and pommel and a windlass blade , that being said the cast bronze pieces weight at about 5.5 pounds but it has no blade weight , the balance it right one the guard(lol)its mainly for looks but it does work, but all the weight it in the hand so it handle like a heavy light saber(lol). im thinking the ranger will be about same weight but way better balance. anywho, cant wait to get it in hand ;D
Post by Brendan Olszowy on Feb 15, 2008 11:20:50 GMT
Over 6? Geesh.
My Braveheart Landesknecht is 2335g, or 82.5oz, or 5lb 2.5oz. It has a POB of 4.5" and that is pretty hefty. It really takes alot to handle it. Its ok for a chop or two, but I so wouldn't want to take it into battle.
Since, I don't plan on going into battle, I wouldn't mind to have a few heavy blades, just for fun. I like the look of some of DSAs swords, tho I doubt I'll buy one unless they start coming sharp or at least sharpish.
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