A great shame. The last makers since Drury closed ages ago.
Business opportunity anyone? -order them now while you can!!
On a serious point will this reduce everyone to using regimental stock? I was given mine
as a commissioning present by my Grandfather, and it is still a source of pride -same Reg etc.
How many will Sandbags need to get to sustain them now they chuck out 9 a year?
That refers apparently to their "specialist sword-making division" and "As a result of falling demand over many years, we have been left with no option but to consider ceasing production of the high quality specialist sword and knife products made by Wilkinson Sword"
I think is not the same as the standard military swords, and refers to the commemorative swords and knives they sometimes offer. I may be entirely wrong though.
The Imperial Sword company has been going a couple of years (can't be arsed to find a link) but they are I'm told a good service at not a rip off price, know a couple of people that have bought theirs through them.
Looking at the Solingen site it's surprising that the French seem to have the most businesslike swords and the Americans the most toy-like (the USAF one looks like it's from Hamleys). I gather that the patterns specify carbon-steel instead of stainless because it takes a better edge, a bit academic now I suppose but you never know when a wedding might be gatecrashed by chavs.
Messkit online sell Intramark apparently, quite a bit cheaper than Wilkinson, although if you keep an eye on auctions you can get a good s/h blade quite cheaply although it would probably need restoring and re-engraving.
If Wilkinson have just stopped making presentation swords I can't say I'm surprised, the Jubilee commemorative design is just hideous and if they've still got stock left now from a limited edition it can't have been very popular.
Just bought one (last week) from Mess Kit Online. Nice sword & scabbard, nice price, good sword frog and knot. Very pleased with it. Looked at a few used ones on EBay etc. Far too much re-engraving and restoration work involved.
E-mailed Solingen the other day - fancied a 300 euro sword (seemed cheaper than Wilkinson et al). Imagine my surprise when I get a return email from their UK agent, Intramark (surprise, surprise...) quoting Â£511. I am at a loss to explain the difference in cost. Sword making is not rocket science. Is this yet another example of retail based urine extraction?
GingeG, Pay attention to your local Auction House, they will probably often have militaria for sale and twentieth century swords crop up quite often at reasonable money (I used to work for one as a fetcher-and-carrier, so I've seen quite a few). House clearances are also a good hunting ground, particularly middle class houses which have remained in a family since before the war.
Good point Stab-Bloke. What actually goes into swordsmithing these days?