I am thankful for family. Firstly, my sister, who helped get me off that wretched island and into the city, secondly to my aunty who welcomed me into her home, and lastly to my father, who has been a great friend to me. I am thankful to the few close friends who stuck around to continue knowing me, even after my mistakes and alcoholism. I am thankful for all the alcohol I been able to drink, though I been slowing down lately.
And I am thankful to the generous and kind members of this forum who have given me many of the swords I owned, or sold them to me for a very affordable price. I would not have my collection without you guys. The Foo brothers have been very generous to me, despite me being a complete stranger, and so have many others.
I am also thankful to Driggers for selling this arming sword "Miss Flexie" for such an affordable price, It is one of my favourites in my collection. Opened my mind to a new kind of sword, even if it took me a while to get used to it.
In 2018, I hope to improve my armour a little and get accepted into cooking school. Being able to join a martial arts group would be some very sweet icing on top of that cake.
My wishlist is a Windlass Buckler (forgot which size, but the big one lol) and some more additions to my armour. Maybe a skull cap, pauldrons, bracers and shin guards. Nothing too fancy. But the SBG fantasy sword being made for me would easily satisfy any sword/weapon related wishes
*edit* Added an image. I figure this kind of gets across all the things on my wish list lol
Lots of changes have been going on in 2017 for me good and bad (mostly bad, lol) but with change comes the opportunity to make things better and that's what I'm thankful for regarding the little that's left for this year and moving into 2018.
As far of my wish list goes it's pretty complicated because it's something I need to fulfill my collection interest but is sadly nowhere on the market either anymore or in current lineups. That being a decent and true Oakeshott type XVII in the sub $300 market. Still trying to compile each or the typologies with a sub $300 sword to match. Pretty much all the other typologies are available from X-XX but those dang XVIIs are nowhere to be had, lol.
In 2017, I am grateful that I was correctly diagnosed and received surgery that stopped almost two years of constant hellish nerve pain. I am even more grateful for those that stood by me and for me, during this ordeal, no matter the outcome. Unconditional loyalty is an awesome thing to give and receive.
In 2018, I hope that my daughter completes her university undergraduate degree and is accepted to a good medical school....and is awarded mega scholarships, so I can buy more swords!
On my mega sword wishlist, is a battle ready version of the Warcraft Royal Guard Sword. See pic below:
There are many things that I'm thankful for from 2017, like a great final season on my high school's robotics team; but the thing I'm most grateful for is not a thing, but a person.
The welding instructor at my high school and coach of the aforementioned robotics team, Mr. Krider, is a great person who cares greatly about his students every step of the way. For starters, he lives several hours away from the school he teaches at, living in an apartment 5 out of 7 days a week. At least 60 years of age (I'm not sure exactly and frankly I'm not entirely certain he is either) he deserves to be happily retired, but instead spends 8 hours a day teaching students from which he gets very little respect and then much more additional time after school coaching Robotics and Electric Car.
Now after that, could he get any better? Absolutely. In August I began building a coal forge from an old grill, which has been a dream of mine for several years. When he asked me if I need firebricks for it, I said yes. He then proceeded to uncover a decades old pile of firebricks under a staircase and said I could take as many as I need, all for a cup of coffee. He saved me so much money I didn't have I don't know what I would've done otherwise.
He also offered me a blower for it as well, but I sadly had to decline because it's too big; however he insisted I take it anyway in case I change my mind.
And that's why I'm thankful for him. He's a man that just doesn't stop, having taught me so much and doing so much for me, and all of his students.
Something I'm hoping for in 2018 is to become a decent bladesmith. As I said before, it's a dream I've had for several years and never have I been closer to achieving it. I'll also be graduating high school with multiple welding certificates from a technical college, so I'd also like to get a welding job too.
In 2017, I'm very thankful for still having a good job, and a great new place in California to live that's close enough to work and to my family to help out when they need me. Also, honestly, I'm still grateful to have so much family and friends still around.
In 2018, I'm hoping to finish some housework (especially some things around the kitchen/dining area), and to get a promotion - but at that point I'd just be getting greedy. Also, my grandparents seem to have finally decided that it's time for them to move to an assisted living/retirement home. I hope that move goes smoothly and that they end up loving it.
I'm still building out my collection and there's a lot on my wish list. In 2018, I want a Tinker Longsword, a higher-end longsword (maybe an Earl or a Viceroy or a Principe), but one piece that I've been looking at for a while is an arming sword. I think I like this one:
(Image via LG Martial Arts - haven't forgotten about you).
On May 21st, 2017 at 8:30 PM, my son was born. To say I'm thankful is an understatement. He's turned my life completely upside down, adding so much work and taking away so much sleep. But, I love the little guy, and I'm looking forward to watching him grow.
As for 2018, I'm just hopeful that I can get a raise or a promotion or maybe just a better job. Something that lets me provide a little more stability for my little family. My wife and son deserve it.
And while getting it seems unlikely, I still have the Fable Blades MidKnight on my wishlist. If that financial stability shows up in spades, you can bet that I'll be in touch with Brenno about a layaway plan.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. --H.L. Mencken
Gizur: "Is Gunnar at home?" Thorgrim: "Find out for yourselves. This I do know, that his spear is home." --Burnt Njal, 76
I have a lot to be thankful for this year, but if I have to pick one I'll go with finally becoming a certified teacher. I left a previous career because it was soul killing, and started the long haul towards being a special ed teacher. I finally made it in the fall. I'll never make the sort of money I used to, but I get to do something worthwhile that I love everyday. That is much more important.
For 2018, I hope I'll have the time and opportunity to take my son camping during each season. He's just old enough to appreciate the experience, and I can't wait to introduce him to some of the spots I've found in the mountains near here.
For a wishlist item, I'd love to talk to Driggers about a custom version of the Ames Rifleman style knife like this one but way better the way I know he could make it. I hope this year will be well funded enough. kultofathena.com/images/SNDA5315_2_l.jpg
What i am most greatful for(even though i do not show it as much as i should) is my wife,with whom i could not be where i am now with out her! As for my wishlist behold:https://www.reliks.com/functional-european-swords/medieval-knight-sword/
I'm thankful for many different things. I'm thankful for being privileged enough to be able to afford swords, I'm thankful for being able to perform music as a part time job, for having a wonderful family, for living in an amazing place, for having an amazing mentor and teacher help guide me into the opera world, for being able to drive a car, for even having the freedom to praise God and openly say I'm Christian. I'm happy for so many wonderful things that God has blessed me with that it would be annoying to list them all, but most of all, I'm thankful to recognize God in my life and I hope many other people do as well.
What's on my wishlist is this sword but I want them to give me a bevel angle that isn't too obtuse for decent cutting, but they aren't responding to my email about what the bevel angle is that they sharpen with
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2017 5:26:05 GMT by arfoo: forgot about wishlist
Post by Matthew.Jensen on Dec 12, 2017 22:52:23 GMT
I am employed, insured, and loved. I can't ask for more and I am grateful for all my blessings. I also have this really great hobby that mixes craftsmanship, art, science, history, exercise, and danger. On top that that, I get to meet lots of cool people and have many great conversations.
As for the wish list.. I suppose I am known more as a japanese sword guy but I have a love for anything sharp and shiny. One such object is the Montoya Rapier from "the princess bride" film. I watched the hell out of that movie as a kid and I would love having a functional version in my collection. Maybe I could get one with swirly mitsudomes all over it..
2017 has been bittersweet- both of my remaining grandmothers have been seriously declining in their Alzheimer's, but at least they're still with us; and I'm thankful that we've finally been making headway on household finances. Both my wife and I have been fully employed all year, and that's made quite a difference in paying off student loan (and other) debts.
On a happy note, I just recently made contact with a HEMA group in my area, so in 2018 I look forward to making friends with like-minded steel-junkies in my local area!
As to my wishlist, while there are a ton of blades out there that I'd love to own, I've been really intrigued by Valiant Armoury's interpretation of the Heron Mark Sword.
Post by Gunnar Wolfgard on Dec 16, 2017 15:33:57 GMT
I am thankful to be living in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in the greatest country in the world. Where freedom is still alive and well. No offense meant to anyone living in another country. Thankful for good health, family and friends.
I think by now most of you know what's on my wish list for 2018 because I've been whining and crying about it for a couple years now. And won't stop whining and crying until I have one.
I am thankful for my family's continued good health. In 2018 I hope to get my finances in order and save enough to buy a nice Albion sword, like this one.
"Never run when you can walk. Never walk when you can stand. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. Never lay down when you can sleep. And never pass up a supply of clean water." Capt. Haldane HBO Series; "The Pacific"
I am extremely grateful that my life has been turning out quite well. I had a crisis early in the year where I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, but I'm totally over that now. I am thankful for my job as a tutor at my college, and am extremely grateful to the professor in that class for recommending me to the college administration. I have received A's in every college course I took this year, and actually made 100 on two of my finals this semester. I have one more semester and I graduate. I am grateful for making many new friends this year, and greatly improving my health. I am also glad my family is doing excellent this year. My brother has received his teaching certification, and my sister is getting close to marrying a really great guy. Basically what's on my wishlist for 2018 is to commission a fully custom sword made specifically with my height and arm length in mind, and baring that the Darksword Armory Warmonger sword. If I needed more motivation to hit the gym, there it is!
Post by hoovesandswords on Dec 18, 2017 2:36:38 GMT
(I know I'm really new to the forum so if it's not okay for me to enter this please disregard my post!)
I am grateful for a recent event that opened my eyes and finally...finally...gave me back my passion. I have been despondent and unmotivated for most of the year, lacking in self-care, and it was a sorry state to be in. I'm grateful for my family, who have never stopped encouraging me to pursue my dream of becoming a swordsmith. I'm also grateful that so many opportunities opened up that are getting me gradually closer to achieving that dream. My uncle taught me how to weld and I'm currently working towards my certification now, my mother is helping me put together my first forge, and I found an amazingly friendly local blacksmith community that is open to anyone and hosts seminars regularly for members.
For 2018, I am hoping to pass my welding certification so that I can find a better job and work hard towards an apprenticeship under a local swordsmith.
As for my wishlist...I saw this katana on Cottontail Custom's website and now I can't stop thinking about it.
So much to be thankful for this year, but top of the list is definitely the birth of my daughter! My wife and i lost a son in childbirth a few years ago and have since had second failed attempt and we lost a pregnancy of twins (early on thankfully). But this year the blessing of our daughter has pulled my wife and out of dispair and depression and renewed our hope and love for life. Secondly, i am thankful for being promoted to a full time position after several years working a few part time jobs and being wrongfully 'let go' from a job just weeks after my daughter was born (talk about wanting to use a sword for what it was designed for!!) My wish list for 2018 is a Prezemek katana fully mounted and polished, or a Bugei Peace katana.
I love this forum and the wealth of knowledge and opinion spread by its users! Merry christmas and happy new year! www.bugei.com/peace-sword-1511-prd1.htm Matt Jensen has a Przemek all done up that would be sweet, not sure how to link his thread about it
I'm happy to have recovered from a stroke I had while performing a wedding, no lingering effects. I feel blessed to have my family, my wife and brother both healthy. My work as a minister still ongoing, and to be a part of this community.
This is a sword I would love to have replicated this year.
RufusScorpius: Thin with adult beverage of your choice. One short glass at full thickness will fill you up.
Oct 1, 2020 14:50:30 GMT
RufusScorpius: Actually, 1/3 whole milk (NOT skim), 1/3 cream, 1/3 milk solids. Add sugar, Jamaican allspice, egg yolks, cinammon, clove. Mix to uniform, cook 30 min at 160 (NO HIGHER or it will scorch). Let cool. Store in GLASS ONLY. It will be THICK.
Oct 1, 2020 14:50:17 GMT
RufusScorpius: It's all about the proportions, you can scale up or down as required. 6 eggs, 21bs nog, 3oz catnip, and 1tsp ground cricket lips. Heat to 180 and cook for 3 days. Let me know how it turns out.
Oct 1, 2020 14:45:43 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: My own preferred eggnog recipe is 4 fingers of bourbon and ice cubes!
Oct 1, 2020 13:04:01 GMT
rannh1: Rufus, share the recipe for the eggnog please!
Oct 1, 2020 6:38:39 GMT
RufusScorpius: I thought "Sketchy" was an actual store bought alcoholic beverage. It was years later i realized what that means
Oct 1, 2020 2:47:14 GMT
RufusScorpius: Posh posh. It was the cheap hooch that rotted your brain. I should know, i was a soldier once.
Oct 1, 2020 2:45:56 GMT
Sullivan: Hell, Watch out for that Naegleria, too, speaking of encephalitis. 2020, baby.
Oct 1, 2020 1:43:39 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: Possible droplet infection when pronouncing this!
Oct 1, 2020 0:40:04 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: You might be onto something. I always figured it was all of the virgin flesh/blood consumption during the rituals.
Sept 30, 2020 21:49:57 GMT
RufusScorpius: Oy, brother Nathaniel. That explains why you're brain doesn't work quite right...
Sept 30, 2020 21:46:44 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: I made the most ghetto wine one time lol, 96oz Welch's Grape juice bottle, an extra cup of sugar and a packet of yeast. Leave for a few weeks with the cap loosely threaded on. Boom.
Sept 30, 2020 19:37:30 GMT
RufusScorpius: I ain't telling you what to do, just where to go to find interesting things.... Do as you will with the information. Most likely there will be Mennonite store somewhere in your area that sells it.
Sept 30, 2020 18:41:59 GMT
Jordan Williams: Rufus are you telling me I need to kidnap the local mennonites and force them to make me this eggnog
Sept 30, 2020 18:04:38 GMT
RufusScorpius: I have an old Mennonite recipe for eggnog that will send you to the moon and back. It's difficult to make, but it's like ambrosia steeped in nectar. It's very thick, as good eggnog should be, but it can be cut down with some Jack
Sept 30, 2020 17:59:11 GMT
ardhanari: The end result was the best tasting wine/cider I have ever had
Sept 30, 2020 5:32:19 GMT
ardhanari: A baloon is a good way to let the carbon dioxide increase without bursting the container, but I made my own burper. You can buy them online, and I dont wanna explain how I made mine hahha, it was an annoying process
Sept 30, 2020 5:31:34 GMT
ardhanari: I added more sugar and activated yeast, and let it sit in plastic containers i sterilized with bleach water , and let dry naturally
Sept 30, 2020 5:30:27 GMT
ardhanari: I used crab apples cause it grows in a relatives yard and she never uses them. I filled a giant pot with them, cut in hald, with a bunch of sugar. I boiled them on low for a few hours with my spices of choice. When done, I strained them and juiced the pulp
Sept 30, 2020 5:29:52 GMT
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