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
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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
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