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02-24-2013, 12:36 AM
Anybody here into using weapons as artwork?

I bought a Paul Chen custom sword that I paid dearly for and I do train Iaijutsu with it, and it is very much a live blade, that is built as the originals and would be just as suited to the killing fields...

But I prominently display it over my bed.

Anybody else use totally functional, real weapons as a sort of Warrior Bon Vivant artwork in their hacienda?

Here's mine, I'd took it down for it's weekly oiling and snapped a few:

02-24-2013, 06:46 AM
Mrs.303 told me last week that's she's designed a scheme to decorate our master bedroom with all my antique and presentation weapons.
I'm a blessed man.

02-24-2013, 07:07 AM
Not in this house, but in a previous house I had a display case with blades collected from all over the world.

My family even knows to bring me a knife back from their travels which makes it pretty cool. My brother had a jungle blacksmith make me a traditional knife from one of the islands he visited a few years ago which even as rough as a it is still makes me smile and was proudly displayed with the others.


02-24-2013, 10:13 AM
Only in my private office.


Yes, the Enfield and 2 mags are loaded as any WT members would be.


02-24-2013, 10:52 AM
WWI Dutch Klewang. Identical to the US 1917 Naval cutlass, but commands less money so I saw it as a bargain on a real sword. I bought it for right around the same money as a Cold Steel repro, but mine is real WWI. I like it because as military swords go, it's near the end of the line for what I consider real swords. Not a uniform ornament, not a symbol of rank. A fighting weapon. These were stored in lockers onboard ships and passed out when a boarding was likely. A real sword, meant to be used by men to fight men. It's still got an elegant look to it. Nice lines.

Sgt. Psycho
02-24-2013, 12:29 PM
Scottish Claymore, English Longsword, Roman Gladius, and a Gurkha Kukri.

02-24-2013, 01:01 PM
Beautiful center piece to any room! did you collect each knife one by one or did you buy as a whole set? BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION! by the way

02-24-2013, 02:13 PM
One day....

Right now, my expenditures are going towards more practical things. But I have plans for a war room that would be decorated in several historically significant weapons. I would very much like to have a Spartan helmet, a crusader's sword, and a true (blooded) samurai sword. I could think of more, but those would start the collection.

Sho Kosugi
02-24-2013, 05:31 PM
I love functional art!

I have one of these displays hanging by my front door

This Browning Renaissance and knife are in a shadow box hanging close to my kitchen. There is a bookshelf close by with a fake book in it that contains a loaded Browning HP mag.

And I have this print framed in my living room. I traded a freind for a Tula build a few weeks ago and I am currently trying to match the furniture on it to the picture. When I am done, it will hang above the framed print. On the left side (wall side) of the rifle, I'm trying to find the best way to attach a rail so I can slide a weapon light on it and use it to investigate outside when the dogs alert. I live in a very rural area.

02-24-2013, 05:34 PM
Lots of nice looking art that happens to be dangerous.

I too hope one day to own a blooded, antique Samurai sword.

The collections and items shown here are absolutely beautiful... and capable as well!

02-24-2013, 06:11 PM
Normally I'm not a fan of engraved guns, but that Hi Power reaaaaallllllllllly looks cool!

02-24-2013, 07:30 PM
Beautiful center piece to any room! did you collect each knife one by one or did you buy as a whole set? BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION! by the way

Thanks very much. It is a set that was made by H.L. Long and Co. Sheffield, England to commemorate "Victory In The Pacific" I bought the set all matching numbers at one time. The woods, metals, engraving and even gold plating used really do make them artwork. They were put out through the American Historical Foundation back in the 80's and although beautiful are fully functional. Though I would use my GnS first.

Sho Kosugi
02-24-2013, 08:35 PM
Normally I'm not a fan of engraved guns, but that Hi Power reaaaaallllllllllly looks cool!

Thanks. I am kinda the same way. All of my firearms are "work horses". If I can't take it out in the rain and shoot it, I have no interest in it. My dad took the Renaissance in trade on something and I "rescued it". Now I can tell people I have $3000 artwork hanging on my wall. I did swap the faux pearl grips for a pair from Esmerelda, but the originals & red velvet lined taco are stored away in a safe place.

As for the Case Smatchet I'm going to get a small engraved plate to put on the front that says "Break Glass In Case Of Walkers!" and maybe hang a miniature hammer next to it.