Hanwei Viking Sword

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Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby SvenNygard » Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:26 pm

Hi guys, I'm after a sword to go a-viking with and I was wondering whether it would be worth getting the Hanwei 'Practical Viking Sword' You know the one that seems to be for sale at EVERY event going...

I would have gone for one of the more expensive ones available but being a student, that's not going to happen for a while :lol:

So would it be worth getting one under a years warranty as a starter sword - I've read a lot of horror stories about them, but Hanwei seem to keep coming out with different version all the time.

Help? :P


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby Bad Viking » Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:28 am

Buy a cheap Hawei - you buy twice -- go the bit extra and get a decent sword, and if after a year or so and you don't want to be a viking any more -- a decent sword holds good re-sale value, whereas Hanwei do not !
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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby Wynflaed » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:01 pm

There was quite a long discussion about sword quality vs. price a while back - might be helpful?

But in short I'd echo Bad Viking and say a big "no" (and possibly an "ick") to a Hanwei. Your best bet is to go to one of the markets and compare some swords in the flesh.



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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby EnglishArcher » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:59 pm

I guess it depends whether you want a SLO (Sword-Like Object) that you can bash the crap out of other people with; or something that replicates the behaviour and qualities of a period weapon.


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby SvenNygard » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:29 pm

Well it would only be as a starter and I have a tight budget now, but hopefully in a few years I won't.

So I'm wondering if it's worth it as a temporary measure


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby Phil the Grips » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:04 am

SvenNygard wrote:So I'm wondering if it's worth it as a temporary measure
Not worth it in the slightest- save up and get a good un. They have no historical merit, even if they were the sturdiest blades on the planet, and you'd have to get a decent scabbard as well, which'll likely cost you more than the sword, to replace the Hanwei one

Get a spear if you can't afford a sword yet, you'll need one even when you have the flashier kit anyway and it's the primary weapon of the era anyway so you might as well get good using it.


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby Neil of Ormsheim » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:59 am

If you can't afford a good sword or the flashy kit that ought to go with it, get a spear and/or an axe instead. More thentic for a non-mailled warrior, cheaper and, often, much more fun to play with.


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby EnglishArcher » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:54 am

Personally, I'd put the money towards a decent pair of shoes.


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby SvenNygard » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:21 pm

Thanks for that. :thumbup:

I shall look into getting a spear or axe then (Probably an axe, I'm that sort of person :devil: )


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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby Wynflaed » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:53 am

I think that's a great idea. You should be able to get a pretty axe head and a serviceable spun helmet for not much more than the price of a Hanwei sword.



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Re: Hanwei Viking Sword

Postby aarondearborn » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:36 am

sword is good but if you have a great pretty axe head i think it will be awesome and stunning :wink:




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