I'm 39, originally from Wisconsin, now living in Arizona. I've been fascinated by swords/knives/axes/pointy sticks/etc since I was about 7 (When I first saw Conan the Barbarian). I currently only have 1 sword in the safe (Windlass falchion), but have a custom sword waiting to ship to me from Green Shield Workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia. They were kind enough to send a few pictures while I'm waiting on export permits. Here's a link if you're curious. I plan on adding to my collection, and my 13 year old daughter is pressuring me to help her start collecting knives as well. Hopefully I'll be able to score some deals here on the forums.
I'm not a maker/crafter/smith/artisan, but am considering taking some blacksmithing/knifesmithing classes at a local community college out here in AZ. Hopefully I won't plague you with questions (unlikely that I will, I'm socially awkward).
In closing and review: I know very little about this hobby, am potentially too socially awkward to ask a lot of questions, and have no problems arming my 13 year old daughter. Thank you for your time.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Sept 7, 2017 22:29:28 GMT
Welcome aboard. That's a nice looking piece you've got on the way.
I also think that it's not a bad thing to give young-ish children a knife so long as they show that they are responsible enough. I've had one since I was pretty little, and I gave my nephew one when he was 10 or 11. I still have all the fingers I was born with and so does he, hahaha.
Lot of socially awkward folks around, so no need to worry about that. Don't feel to shy to ask questions, though.
Thanks for the thumbs up on the sword. I've gotten a mixed bag of responses from friends and family. Most of them can't understand the desire to have a well crafted sword to pass on through the generations. I think only my grandfather did. He was a blacksmith in Serbia when he was young, but sadly he passed a few years ago. I think he was the main inspiration for my interest in swords/knives.
I started my daughter with a small folder when she was 10, gave her a set of Gil Hibben throwers last year, now she wants a larger fixed-blade. She's got all of her fingers/toes, and only cut herself once (not badly enough for stitches, but enough to teach a bit of blade respect).
That looks a very interesting sword indeed. Green Shield Workshop does some good looking work. I hope you tell us all about it when you get it.
I think it's great that your daughter is interested in sharps, and that you're encouraging it. I would if I was so fortunate to have a daughter. I wish there was a lot more of that thinking. I started young too. Even though my parents weren't particularly interested, my father did get me a good sheath knife when I was nine or ten and they didn't object too much to my interests and me trying to make spears and bows. No swords though, unfortunately.
If anything, I think my interests rubbed off on them. In later years, my father ended up with a couple of wall hangers and a very nice Schrade lock knife (I was more impressed with that over the non-real swords).
Don't be concerned about the social thing. Just dive in as and when you feel like. I have autism, something I've only very recently started to admit online (and I've been online since before the internet!) and while it makes social things quite difficult, I don't let it stop me too much. I just probably look like a moron at times when I get things wrong, but so what.
This place is the best sword forum I've found for its members. I like it here. It's great to have another member aboard
Pirata uiue: uiue ut uiuas, furor in proelio, fortitudo in morte
Welcome! I love me some long-gripped Viking swords! That looks great! As a new guy here, it's my duty to inform you of the following: If you plan on your collection to grow...just hang out here long enough and IT WILL. You may also find yourself dreaming about weaponry. And---you will one day be jealous of your daughters collection. .....Chris
If you plan on your collection to grow...just hang out here long enough and IT WILL. You may also find yourself dreaming about weaponry. And---you will one day be jealous of your daughters collection. .....Chris
treeslicer: Well, shoot! It was worth a try.
Apr 12, 2021 2:40:29 GMT
christain: I gottaneedtawannahave (my wife's talk, NOT mine) a nice set of plate gauntlets, but they don't give those things away. I finally got a pair of sabatons (foot armor) and had to send the company a blank check and a sample of DNA.
Apr 12, 2021 0:42:06 GMT
christain: treeslicer---I don't have a 'nihonto', unless you count a great-sword, dagger, and a shield. Oh....and three sets of armor...maille, darkened plate, and polished plate. Matter of fact, I'll be getting more armor real soon.
Apr 12, 2021 0:31:25 GMT
christain: Djinnja----What do you need to complete your armour? Ask me---I may just have it and be willing to sell.
Apr 12, 2021 0:23:45 GMT
treeslicer: It's not senility. Your nihonto are infested with fox spirits. Send me your swords, and I'll take care of it for you.
Apr 9, 2021 7:28:16 GMT
christain: Disappearing swords? This would be a game-changer for sure.
Apr 8, 2021 22:29:12 GMT
christain: I'm getting old and senile. I found two empty sword scabbards in my 'dressing room'. I say to myself---"Where the heck are they?" I looked under the bed. Nope. I looked in every room in the house. Nope. Went back to my room and there they were.
Apr 8, 2021 22:17:12 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Markus, I would love to see your thoughts on "Custer's Revenge". Over.
Apr 8, 2021 17:23:34 GMT
bruntson: Beef and Bourbon, say no more. I'm heading over.
Apr 7, 2021 19:27:41 GMT
christain: Inject the bourbon with a meat syringe and get to smokin'. (The ham, that is. )....McM
Apr 6, 2021 20:03:13 GMT
christain: Or maybe a big ol' brisket on the smoker with my special bourbon/garlic/onion injection., Put about a half cup of your favorite bourbon in a jar, chop and smash the garlic,slice the onion. Lid the jar and refrigerate for a day or two.
Apr 6, 2021 19:50:29 GMT
christain: Sounds great. May do that for July 4th. I never met a ham I didn't like!
Apr 6, 2021 19:17:58 GMT
christain: Happy Easter to you and yours also, Brother Nat. I had the Easter Bunny hide an egg in your yard with the SBG logo on it. If you find it, it contains a gift certificate from KOA for $10,000. Happy hunting!
Apr 4, 2021 22:03:22 GMT
christain: Does it really matter? I'll be eating ham for a week, then use the bone to throw into a pot of beans. That, and a big skillet full of cornbread....happy man here.
Apr 4, 2021 21:57:16 GMT
christain: My wife has a huge ham cooked up, along with potato salad, baked beans, and yeast rolls...along with a strawberry cake and a buttermilk pie. Buttermilk pie may sound gross to some, but don't knock it 'till you try it.
Apr 4, 2021 20:10:39 GMT
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