Wilkinson Sword soon to be just Wilkinson.

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  1. Stumbled accross this Wilkinson website this evening. It looks like the end of an era.
     
  2. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    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?
     
  3. 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.

    http://www.wilkinsonsword.com/special/index.html
     
  4. napier

    napier LE Moderator Reviewer

    Well ballocks to them; they've been ripping off their customers for years and there will always be someone else to provide the goods.
     
  5. ...or you'll have to use those dodgey swords sold at the PX in Kuwait? ;-)
     
  6. dont they make razors?

    or am i just having another blonde moment?
     
  7. Yes they make razors and other shaving items.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Wilkinson are a rip off and the Army should look elsewhere.
     
  10. At least it would be reliable! Its no different to having the SA80 A2 made by H&K which is a german firm. (yes I know they're UK owned)
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. The swords on the Solingen site are going for between 200 and 300 Euro. Cheap, no?

    For the price of a Wilkinson Sword jobbie I could kit out a troop and we could retake Finsbury Park from the Moors.