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Prussian artillery saber, finally got pics up

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by J W Bensinger, Jun 13, 2018 at 8:54 AM.

  1. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Took a Prussian artillery saber in trade at BLADE show this year, since I'm getting back into saber work and wanted an original working piece-the blade is marked as being made in 1870, but it's cut to the later 30" artillery pattern with the single ring scabbard, bakelite grip and a threaded nut instead of peened pommel. What's also interesting is that at some point it went to war, because it's sharp, and not in a "some duffer sharpened it" way either. It's also got the fugly black paint finish, which is wearing off anyway, so the question is-do I gently strip the paint and just oil the thing, or leave it? I didn't really buy it as a "collectible" but I'm not going to go out of my way to damage its value.
     
  2. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    Leave the paint as is. It's been sharpened, perhaps for Franco-Prussian War service, so it's earned its Boba Fett status. As long as you're not getting flakes of lead based paint in your eyes as you practice your moulinets, it shouldn't give you any trouble. Be careful you don't drop it or let it fall so as to keep the bakelite from breaking. That material gets brittle after almost 150 years.

    Pics?

    Zieg
     
  3. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Thanks
    Thanks Zieg-hadn't thought about the lead paint angle. I'd love to upload pics but with the new format and my antique phone I pretty much can't. I'll fiddle with it but that's one of the reasons I'm never on BF anymore.
     
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  4. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    If you can snap a pic and send it to a host, copy the link to this thread and I'll upload it for you. Or you can email me the pic and I can post it for you. thezieg at myedl dot com

    Zieg
     
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  5. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Thanks. Pics sent
     
  6. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Subscribed.
     
  7. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
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  8. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
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  9. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hi J W, been a while! Ya man, I don't use a smartphone either. Gonna try to avoid it forever. :D

    Looking forward to seeing the sword.
     
  10. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hey Mecha-I do actually have an (old) smartphone...which clearly didn't work because I'm the only one who can see the pics...and that's why I'm never on BF anymore.
     
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  11. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Aha. I use my computer only for Bladeforums. Well good to seeya here again anyway.
     

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