Paul Chen/ Hanwei practical basket hilt broadsword

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Paul Chen/ Hanwei practical basket hilt broadsword

Postby Wim-Jaap » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:23 am

Hello,

Does anyone have experience with the Paul Chen/ Hanwei practical basket hilt broadsword?
How good is it?
Is it well ballanced?
How hard is it?

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Postby Tod » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:06 pm

Hi
None of us in lace Wars has one, and there are none in my SK Highland company either. I can't say that I have ever sen them for sale here. Where are you thinking of gertting one from? I would recommend Armour Class.



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Postby Wim-Jaap » Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:35 pm

the Armour class has Nice swords, but with shipping costs etc very expensive.

I can get the Paul Chen/Hanwei from the USA for 192 dollar (150 euro) including shipping (don't know how it goes with tax)

Here in the Netherlands I can get it for 175 euro.

That are better prices for me, I already spend 100 euro (second hand) on a sword that was supposedly battle ready, which it isn't and it was a bit damaged to the basket.
So I was set back in cash.

The price of the Paul Chen/Hanwei is doable for me, that's why I ask for people who have experience with them.

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Postby Hobbitstomper » Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:08 pm

Got one of their viking broadswords and took it apart to change the grip.
The viking blade isn't too bad. Not as hard as a hardened EN45 blade but equivalent to a lot of chrome-molly blades. Finish is really terrible with visible grinding marks all over it. It looks vaguely pattern welded from a distance. Tang is sturdy but it needed the 90 degree stress raiser where it joined the blade rounding off.
For £60 it is good value. If a basket hilt is similarly made and under £80 then it would be good value.
Armourclass do a basket hilt sword for something like £170 so if the Paul Chen sword is over £100 I'd get the Armourclass one instead.

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Postby Nigel » Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:23 pm

All i can say of them is yuck

dont like em too light and the baldes Is uspect are not up to robustness

we donrt ban Chens we jsut discourage them the practical way


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Postby Wim-Jaap » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:39 am

thanks for the replies.

I am now thinking of putting my basket from my not battleready basket hilt on a sword I have (fabri armorum, very good blade).

Dunno If I can do it, but i'll try to find out if it's possible.

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Postby Ian Deveney » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:59 am

Armour class might sell you a blade for your Basket?, I have been using one of their blades for the last 15 years it is well worth it to ask, that way it's cheap and you have a good blade. :D


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Postby Hobbitstomper » Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:51 pm

Saw a more recent version of the Paul Chen viking swords. Finish is much improved but the new version has 3 fullers. Would probably get banned from any viking battle due to the blade type or from a late medieval one due to the viking fittings.

One to avoid for re-enactment.



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Postby Foxe » Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:09 pm

Hanwei swords are great for "light" sparring, but they're not what I'd call battle safe. I've probably seen more break than any other maker, and after a good bout or two the blades are wickedly nicked.

Sooo, it depends one what use you're going to put it to. If you're going to spar in a gentlemanly fashion with friends then go for the Hanwei. If you're going to fight like a thug then don't go near them.


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