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Q: Do you carry original European swords?
A: Rarely, and usually not very old. Swords from the Middle Ages can be worth hundreds of thousands to millions, because demand is high and supplies low. Axes, armor, and other accessories are far cheaper.
Q: Where do your handle materials come from?
A: Our woods are all ranch-raised or recovered lumber. Our bone, horn and antler come from several sources. We get natural shed horns from preserves and the wild, from animals legally hunted in season, from which we also use the hide, and the hunters eat the meat. We don’t believe in wasting anything. We also have a source from a ranch that raises cougars in captivity, and has an unlimited hunting license for non-endangered game to feed their animals. Our ivory is either fossil ivory (at least 10,000 years old), which has the nicest colors and textures, is antique ivory with proper Federal paperwork, or is ivory from Botswana which is hunted under strict government and native tribal council laws. These animals are used to feed villages, manufacture native goods, pay hunting fees to support the San Bushmen tribes and provide tourism income, and are sold legally with proper paperwork. Please do not send us your own ivory to use without checking with us first, as unpapered ivory cannot legally be shipped, and you will put us in an awkward situation.
For those who want the utmost environmental concern, we also have a selection of beautifully grained North American woods (maple, walnut, birch, etc) and some marvelous imitation ivories and pearls that have a great look and feel. We can make scabbards of wood, metal, or plastics for those who prefer them to leather.
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