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Italian swordmaker for my fencer husband?

Italian swordmaker for my fencer husband?

Nov 28th, 2010, 05:52 PM
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Italian swordmaker for my fencer husband?

My husband is a fencer and would like to visit a place in Italy where Italian swords are still made. Any ideas from Italiophiles or other fencers who travel?

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Nov 29th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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Sorry I can't help hb, but you win the award for one of the most unique questions in a LONG time!

Good luck with your quest!
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Nov 29th, 2010, 08:23 AM
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hi hb,

apart from google etc. I suspect that your DH's best bet will be through his own fencing federation linking to the Italian one. here's the link to their website:


i can't find much on it about the swords themselves, which is why I suggest some personal contact may be needed.
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Nov 29th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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In addition to echoing what Annhig has posted, if your husband hasn't visited the Museo Stibbert in Florence before, it may be an interesting place for him, as they have, (allegedly) the most extensive sword collection outside of Japan.

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Nov 29th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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I just took a stab at google out of the belief that if anybody is still making swords in italy, they are probably doing it in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

And they are!


Pordenone is very easy to get to from Venice or Trieste by train, and both cities have airports with car rentals. The province of Friuli Venezia Giulia is a fabulous destination filled with superior wine, food and coffee, wonderful historic sights and art spanning 23 centuries, plus beautiful hill country, alps and beaches. And it is nearly completely untouched by tourism, but you find great accommodations and English speakers everywhere. So you might wan to rent a car and take in the sights.

Also, if you look on the links page for that swordmaker, it is a treasure of fencing organizations and museums of swords, all over Italy and the world.

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Nov 29th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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PS: I just realized that the swordmaker is in Maniago, which is just north of Pordenone. It also has a train station.
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Nov 29th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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The great Italian cook Lidia Bastianich is from Friuli Venezia-Giulia, and this interview is actually a very good fundamental guide to touring the region, including where to eat and stay, and what to see:


It is a very easy region to drive around, so you can stay on the beach in Grado, or in the beautiful historic town of Udine, and easily drive to Maniago. You can even stay in the Veneto (Treviso would be nice) and easily get there.

I've never been in Pordenone but I've heard it's a nice town. I know it has a highly-regarded silent film festival in autumn.

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Nov 29th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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And here's everything to know about Maniago, home of the swordmaker. It's even got a lovely lake

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Nov 30th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Wow! Thanks so much! I spent some time doing some research on-line and got nothing. Then remembered that this is where I have usually received the best travel information and have found it to be true again!

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