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  •  ohhhhhhh, nice sword. :-) nt (1+ / 0-)
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    •  thank you; unfortunately even those not (2+ / 0-)
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      associated with the Mahdi are astronomically expensive while those with a provenance of association with the Mahdi war are exponentially more expensive.  I can only watch the Sotheby auctions and weep

      •  I have several swords. (1+ / 0-)
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        My favorite is a Damascus steel taiji sword.  At one time, I knew how to use it, but subsequently tore up my shoulder. I hope to get back to it.  

        •  you have one which I don't have; though I just (1+ / 0-)
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          lost a bid on a 19th Century Congolese sword but there is another one coming up later.  In the meantime I am watching another auction with a 19th Century Chinese dagger.  I do a lot more watching than I do bidding and  a lot more bidding than I do winning.  I think the last time I counted, I ended up winning less than .01% of the lots I watch

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