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3-14-2008 @ 4:26PM
I would honestly advise against buying this if you're any sort of sword collector. I'm not above buying ridiculously geeky replica weaponry, but this just screams overpriced for the quality. I used to manage a boutique shop that stocked collectible as well as utilitarian knives and swords in the Washington D.C. suburbs.First off, the blade is stainless steel. At over $400 this thing should be made of at least high-carbon steel. The hilt and all the ornamentation on it are cast metal, which means cast from a mold. That leads to cosmetic defects and imperfections that can't be fixed manually. Stainless steel is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cutlery.And the sword itself? Not very cool looking, honestly. It's badass in a game, but you'd get tired of it on a wall. I own a replica of Anduril from Lord of the Rings, The blade is similar in make, stainless steel, engraving, false-edged. The hilt, however, was hand-crafted, with 24ct gold ornamentation, as well as a genuine leather wrap and sterling silver plating on the crossbar and pommel.It's my most valuable collector's sword, I bought it for under half the price of this Frostmourne, and it has since quadrupled in value. Anyone buying this is being taken for a fool, save your money and wait for an unlicensed copy at 1/5 the cost.
3-14-2008 @ 4:55PM
I know you're right, but I'm made horribly sad by this dose of reality you have provided.
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