800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

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800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Sat May 23, 2015 7:56 pm

The Magna Carta was signed 800 years ago. it contained the bases of much of the law that was ultimately enshrined in British and American law. We have acquired a small amount of 13th century oak and the oak has been utilized for knife grips for a Sheffield made folding knife in carbon steel with a sheepsfoot blade.
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Sun May 24, 2015 2:33 am

How would I get my hands on one?
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Sun May 24, 2015 8:20 am

The oak came from a roof beam reclaimed after the fire at York Minster Cathedral. It comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Minster and a letter on handmade paper describing the knife and it's making. I have very little of the wood and the knives are on http://www.sheffield-gb.com Given that the wood had been seasoned and was from a tree which was old at the time it was cut down the wood is probably much older than the 13th century.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby timgreene48 » Sun May 24, 2015 3:35 pm

This is a neat piece of history!

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Mon May 25, 2015 9:14 am

The Magna Carta is thought to be the legal bases of the right to bear arms in America. This is a year with an amazing number of historic anniversaries in the UK. Amongst of collection of wood we have some ships timber from HMS Victory Nelson's Flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. The 13th century oak for the Magna Carta knife is the best.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Fri May 29, 2015 12:29 am

I just placed an order, about $75 US. Hoping I receive it. ::pray::
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby jerryd6818 » Fri May 29, 2015 12:40 am

The Magna Carta Anniversary was a Jeopardy question this week.
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Fri May 29, 2015 10:49 am

The Ankerwycke Yew which is thought to be at least 1400 years old is still alive at the location by the Thames where the Magna Carta was signed. Some put it's age at 2400 years old. It would unfortunately be a criminal offence to redeploy any part of it for knife scales even if bits dropped off. Never mind.
The HMS Victory wood came with square shipbuilding nails still in it. The exhibitions in London are displaying documents some of which are a thousand years old. The astonishing thing is the quality of the calligraphy and the eloquence of them.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Fri May 29, 2015 9:11 pm

Well I picked up both the Magna Carta sheepsfoot and the HMS Victory drop point. Hoping they both have scales with character, I was never much for smooth bone or wood scales. Although ebony does look nice . . . ::hmm::

Was the Victory portrayed in a Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander? Not sure what it is but I seem to like movies with tall ships in them, like Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:13 pm

They are on there way to you. That wood has seen a lot of history and when you see the Magna Carta oak you will see it an amazing patina. The HMS Victory wood came with square shipbuilding nails still in the wood and of course the Victory is still a Royal Navy warship.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:57 am

Looking forward to handling them, thanks for your awesome customer service, Malcolm! ::handshake:: The Man-o-War HMS Surprise was the ship in Master and Commander, going to read up on the HMS Victory.

Speaking of tall ships, anyone familiar with the Hermione? She's been rebuilt and is going to port in Alexandria on the 10th. Definitely going to tour her. http://patch.com/virginia/oldtownalexan ... _A.twitter

The HMS Victory is quite impressive.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:50 pm

My knives arrived today, more than pleased with them! ::ds::

Thanks, Malcolm! ::handshake::
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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:32 pm

That was quick. Sometimes takes weeks for the knives to arrive.
I am currently trying to obtain the red cloth made by the same mill which made the cloth for the army for the battle of Waterloo. It's how the Redcoats got their name. It's to make sheaths for the commemorative knives for the Battle of Waterloo.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby MJC » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:10 am

We have now obtained a quantity of the scarlet cloth made by the same mill that made the cloth for the tunics of the British infantry at the battle of Waterloo and of course also the Redcoats in our American colonies. We will be turning it into knife sheaths and draw string bags for our Waterloo knife. The Waterloo knife is made with the wood from an historic building in St. James's where the Waterloo dispatch was delivered after the battle.

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Re: 800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Postby 1967redrider » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:01 am

I'm learning a lot more about tall ships and frigates in general. I tribute this to your HMS Victory oak knife, Malcolm. I toured L'Hermione when she was in port in Alexandria and she was impressive. Can only imagine what the HMS Victory looks like in person. She's the only Ship of the Line that still exists to my knowledge. Oldest tall ship still in service, a floating fortress. ::tu::

Looking forward to some pictures of your fixed blade . ::nod::
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