|Steels Used:||6150 Carbon Steel|
|Price Range:||US$350 to $3,000 (for their custom pieces)|
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Arms and Armor Swords
A&As Christopher Poor
Arms and Armour has been around since 1982, and is one of the oldest manufacturers in the industry. Founded by sword enthusiast and professional jouster Christopher Poor, they established themselves early on as a respected and honest dealer.
Chris was among the first to see a market for the sword collector, and was very instrumental in shaping what the industry is today. Their swords are recognized by many as the best of the best, while their prices do not reflect that - they are consistently less expensive than, say, an Albion of comparable quality.
And they are well-recognized by sword scholars as well - they have a quote from Ewart Oakeshott himself on their site calling them, "The best replica swords I've seen". High praise from the man himself!
Their warranty is stated as such: "We guarantee our swords to stand up to anything the original swords would. They are made of high quality steel and are fashioned for strength as well as authenticity. We will replace the item if there is any problem with workmanship or materials. The use of the sword may well create problems as they are a specific tool designed for one purpose, to poke or chop holes in human beings. While we do not advocate such use, a sword would never and should never be used to hack apart concrete pillars, 57 Chevy's, PVC pipe, Logs, or any other object Hollywood decides to have cut in half. We reserve the right to decide if a piece has been abused and therefore has nullified the guarantee."
While A&A are recognized as one of the pillars of the community, they have chosen not to gouge with their prices. The average sword costs around $700, with the full range being from $350 to $1100 for their in production models. They do sell an additional line of custom swords that can be made on request, and these tend to run much higher - anywhere from $1000 to upwards of $2500, though several prices are unlisted and can be given to interested parties. Unlike other high-end manufacturers, though, they offer scabbards at very reasonable prices. While their custom made wood-core scabbards and belts go for anywhere from $400-800, they sell plain leather scabbards for all their swords (for transportation, etc) for less than $100. They also sell armour pieces at various rates.
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Generally speaking, any known issues regarding Arms and Armor swords are purely cosmetic in nature and described as being 'minor annoyances'.
Most commonly there are small issues with the fit and finish, such as casting pits and flash (small remainders from casting) in the hilt components. Other issues include slight misalignments of the grip and cross, and the occasional grind marks showing on the blade itself. (Reference: Sword Forum International).
These issues are to be expected on less expensive swords, but can be disappointing on blades in this price range. However, few (if any) swords exhibit all of these issues at once and are made up for by the overall handling and historical accuracy of these swords, which currently no low end sword manufacturer comes close to approaching.
REVIEWSMyArmory has a collection of over 30 reviews of Arms and Armor Swords, Daggers and Axes on their review page here
WHERE TO BUYWith very few distributors (choosing to almost exclusively sell direct from their own retail store) there is little to no price variations for Arms and Armor products. However, respected sword sellers Kult of Athena have a small selection of instock A&A swords and other medieval weapons that are about the same price (slightly cheaper, by a dollar or so!) - however with cheaper shipping options and having the swords ready for immediate delivery makes it worthwhile...
Otherwise, the only other options to buy A&A Swords is either direct from the manufacturer - or on the secondary market in the classifieds sections of the various sword forums.
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