Is this a replica ?

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Is this a replica ?

Postby Doug Reeve » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:38 pm

Hi guys I found this sword in a small country village junk shop I suspect it’s a replica but it seems to be really well made
It was filthy when I bought it and had been sharpened at one point in its life
There are no markings on it at all
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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby sword335 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:18 pm

Hi Doug,
You say it’s been sharpened but what we can see of the blade has no cutting edge. The grip has no real form to it, the brass mounts are quite crude and the scabbard appears to have no throat. I think you see where I’m coming from. Just a “decorator” so hopefully not too expensive.

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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby Doug Reeve » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:30 pm

Thanx I thought it was a replica- paid about 30 UK pounds for it- I touched up the edge on a oil stone it went 3/4 the way though a fresh green coconut skin husk and nut with one easy swing performed as well as our fancy carbon steel katana that cost a small fortune- the blade is only sharpend from about 200 mm from the hilt - least we ended up with another toy to cut things with cheap
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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby Gordons Horse » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:41 pm

Hi Doug,

Having had the opportunity of comparing a senior Indian Army officers (post 1947) shoulder belt and pouch with the equivalent type made during the British rule, I found that some locally produced items were nowhere near the quality of those produced in Britain.

In terms of your sword, It seems that the hilt is adorned with a badge which is symbolic of the post 1947 Indian Army?; on that account, it might be worth doing a bit more research, despite the fact that it looks like a replica.
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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby Bryce » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:13 pm

G'day Doug,

Without some better photos showing the whole sword, it is a bit hard to judge if your sword is real or not.

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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby Doug Reeve » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:13 pm

It probably is a replica the blade was a bit rusty when I got it
But it’s cleaned up great and seems to be well made thanx guys
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Re: Is this a replica ?

Postby Juan J. Perez » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:25 am

Hello, Doug.

Before going too far cutting with this one, I'd try to disassemble it and check for a real tang. If it is a replica, or a low-quality regulation sword, it could have a rat-tail tang, not able to bear real cutting. In that case the tang could snap under the stress and you'll end up with a big piece of edged steel flying through the room... please be careful.
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