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Kevin Colwell

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Hello Everyone,

I am doing the prof thing and giving a talk in Rotterdam this summer. I will be there for several days, and I want to get an adult dose of weapons and armor from the empire. I would really appreciate suggestions about where to go to see the best stuff. Of all people, you guys know the sorts of things I am interested in. Guidance would be really appreciated. I will return the favor with pics where they are allowed.

 

thanks,

 

kc

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Hi,

 

Though (sadly) I am not a bladesmith, I do live in the netherlands. If you're planning to see weapons and armour

here, prepare to be disapointed. Since, as far as I know, our only army museum (in Delft) has now closed it's doors

and the collection is being transferred to the new 'national military museum' opening somewhere in 2014. Of course

there is still enough to see in this region, but you will have to pass on the armoury part.

 

My apologies for having to disapoint you,

 

 

Julian

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I agree with Julian. I live in the Eastern part of the Netherlands but I have lived in Rotterdam for 16 years. And as you might know Rotterdam is real state of the art, it's most modern city in the Netherlands, certainly not the place to find ancient weapons.. The only place known to me where they make all sorts of weapons from older times is in Alkmaar, north of Amsterdam. It's called Smederij Atelier Alkmaar and is about a one and a half hour drive from Rotterdam. In the Eastern part, where I live there's a very large amount of medieval originated manors and castle's. I figure smithing is a bit more lively here. But it's like a 2 hour and 15 minutes drive from Rotterdam.

 

I hope you will enjoy Rotterdam anyway, the architecture is quite astonishing. :)

 

See for yourself and I hope to have cleared things up a bit, although it's probably not very good news haha. :)

 

-Jasper

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Well, I do appreciate the input. I wish it was more promising. I love painting, luckily. However, I want to break the architecture and painting (and talking about memory and deception) up with good old sword porn.

 

If any museums with good collections come to mind, please let me know (what about the Maritime Museum)?

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The Maritime museum could be interesting! It's very multifunctional and a real 'do' museum if you understand what I mean. As I child I always loved it, although i'm not a real sea person haha.

The Maritime would definitely be a recommendation! Another one that could be fun is the Natural historical museum which is next to the Kunsthal that also is an interesting museum. :)

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Being born (in 1954 ;) ) and raised in Rotterdam (and now living only 20 km from the city) I can tell you that there is indeed nothing to find in regard to armoury in the vecinity. However if you are prepared to hire a car and take a 300 km (times two) trip the Deutsches Klingenmuseum http://www.klingenmuseum.de/_english/dkm/homepage.html in Solingen (Germany) is really worthwhile.

 

Or maybe make appointments with a few really talented knifemakers like Gudy van Poppel or Sam Lurquin?? Or come by for a drink and a bite and we can talk knives for a while.

 

Marcel

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ok, well then what sorts of things do you suggest for a couple of tourists from the states who are there for about 5 days?

thanks for the input. I will have to do Solingen another time.

kc

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If you like the older stuff, the National Museum of Antiquities is in Leiden, between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The collection spans everything from prehistory to medieval times. Quite near Leiden there's also Archeon, a living history center. If you wish to go there, see what the program is though, as there can be interesting events or very little activity. There's also a chance you may see me there at work :) And I live in Leiden, so if you want to see some bronze swords and talk sharp things, you can always drop by for a visit:)

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Jeroen,

that is great advice, and a wonderful invitation. I am into early iron age through Medieval things in Europe and iron age through early Qing in China. But, I would love to see bronze swords. I will consult my travel companion and let you know more as the time approaches.

 

thanks.

Kevin

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