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Jash
10-21-2009, 12:31 AM
Well, as per the request of a certain forumite - i'm starting a thread on swords made by the legendary Mr. Jody Samson.

For those that do not know who Mr. Samson is - he is the "Legendary Creator of the [Arnie] Conan Swords", and is/was considered to be a huge figure-head in the sword community. His fantasy blades have been drooled over by generations of sword collectors, and have inspired numerous other custom sword makers. This is his website:
http://jodysamson.com/ Unfortunetly, Mr. Samson passed away in December of 2008...


I have always wanted a custom, one-of-a-kind sword by Mr. Samson. And was gratefull for the chance to own one earlier this year. Even though there are quite a few pieces i like, i ended up going with his "Long Curved Sword". To make this thread easier to read, i've added a few pics in my UCF Album:
http://www.ucforums.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1445
The sword is well made, with great attention to detail in the hilt furniture. The blade itself is very light - due to a hollow-grind 2nd to none! All features that i've always heard Samson swords to be famous for, but it only truely stands out when you see one firsthand. I am very pleased to have added this sword to my collection - and to own a piece of art from one of the world's most accredited sword makers. Thank you, Mr. Samson! :)

Anyone else have a Samson sword? Thoughts? Opinions? (*cough, Ed, *cough)

Sedhal
10-21-2009, 12:47 AM
For those that do not know who Mr. Samson is - he was the individual who designed the swords for the Arnie "Conan" movies


Jash :)


Ron Cobb.

Rough666
10-21-2009, 01:02 AM
Jash...your new swords are SICK! Lucky, lucky Jash with the Samson sword, eh? You have the best stash in Canada. Nice.

Jash
10-22-2009, 01:44 AM
Jash :)


Ron Cobb.

D'oh! Thanks Sedhal! Don't know what i was thinking... :thumbs_up
So i 'fixed' it by quoting from the website - better?

Jash...your new swords are SICK! Lucky, lucky Jash with the Samson sword, eh? You have the best stash in Canada. Nice.
LoL - thanks Rough! And even if i don't...it's slowly getting there i guess - which is a sign i need to slow down! If u're ever in my neck of the woods (plains is more like it...lol), stop on by!

ed209
10-24-2009, 11:01 AM
Oh Jash... of all the members here you are the only one (I know of, and so
far) having the original Albion's Conan Sword - you should have it's
certificate with Cobb's (and Huchthausen's) signatures! Sed was right
about the production designer, but instead of me acting all brainiac, here's
the link with basic info collectors and enthusiasts may be interested in:

http://www.barbariankeep.com/heroic.html

I have always wanted a custom, one-of-a-kind sword by Mr. Samson. And was gratefull for the chance to own one earlier this year.

As I said in another thread - congratulations. :thumbs_up

I too had and still have this desire to own at least one of his swords, so I
was tempted when I've seen them being offered lately - with incredibly
reasonable prices, mind you - but unfortunately, was completely unable to
find one that would scream in my face "you need ME".

This is simply a matter of taste, but it's nothing new for me, struggle to
find something in his huge portfolio I would truly desire. And although his
craft is remarkable, most of these swords look to me... well, as my friend
once said "cartoonish" (a bit like Miley Cyrus, if you know what I mean).
Perhaps the reason I'm so critical is because I don't like fantasy swords in
general as much as I did before (right now, LOTR excluded, it would be hard
for me to count 10 well designed and created ones*).

I had a privilege of holding one of Jody's knives, and I must say it was
perfectly made; hollow grind and rayskin wrap is second to none. The knife
feels incredibly alive and dangerous in hand - you simply have to try it for
yourself, otherwise you cannot know what I mean - with no doubt better
than any of production knives I handled (Cold Steel included). But it just
doesn't look good enough.

So I took time and browsed Jody's gallery of his previous work, seeking
something I would definitely go for. I found three or four "much likely" and
two "absolute must" (both of them are "of only a few that bear Jody's
'personal' mark"). Of course, all of them are sold, except one of those
absolute musts... and that one is not for sale.

http://www.jodysamson.com/images/swords/1-12-07/jodys-cutlass.jpg

Jody's Cutlass is one of musts. Fantasy sword, yet simple enough,
without half a dozen of skulls or claws all over it. Beautiful color
combination, and simple, elegant blade. I can only dream how wonderful
this one feels and looks in real life. Sold for $1.400. Where was I?

http://www.jodysamson.com/images/swords/12-14-05/jodys-shadow.jpg

Now, if Devil himself had a sword, Jody's Shadow would probably be it.
Stunningly "hollowground from a billet of 1/4" pattern-welded steel by Rick
Barrett". Of all the blades I've seen in his web page, this one looks to me
the most unique - perhaps it is the reason why it's not for sale.


So, before I get bashed for my criticism, let me try to simplify my point and
conclude my thoughts.

Jody Samson was indeed, thanks to his immense talent, skill and attention
to details, "a huge figure-head in the sword community". Overall, with some
brilliant exceptions, his designs are the only thing I didn't like enough to
place this artist on top of my favorites list.


Now that I concluded my thoughts, let me conclude this post too.
Rough666 is right - Jash, your collection surely is huge and impressive, and
as I said before, those pieces deserve to be listed in your signature. Nope,
you don't need to slow down at all. I wish you all the best for the future!

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* But let me try anyway:

1) The Machaera by Peter Lyon
2) The Jabberwocky Sword by Peter Johnsson
3) Conan Father's Sword by Ron Cobb and Jody Samson
4) Conan Atlantean Sword by Ron Cobb, Tim Huchthausen and Jody Samson
5) Jody's Cutlass by Jody Samson
6) Jody's Shadow by Jody Samson
7) Alpha-Omega by Lars Hansen and Joe Waites
8) Highlander Kurgan Sword by I still have to find out who
9) ...uhm...
10) ...still thinking...

Sedhal
10-24-2009, 11:10 AM
Not a big fan of that cutlass blade. A bit too much like an elongated kitchen knife, but that last one I 100% agree with. Amazing.

And agreed on pretty much everything else, Eddie. I celebrate him as the physical maker of Cobb's legendary designs from Conan. All else is, well... not my taste.

Thranduil
10-24-2009, 01:47 PM
______________________________
* But let me try anyway:

1) The Machaera by Peter Lyon
2) The Jabberwocky Sword by Peter Johnsson
3) Conan Father's Sword by Ron Cobb and Jody Samson
4) Conan Atlantean Sword by Ron Cobb, Tim Huchthausen and Jody Samson
5) Jody's Cutlass by Jody Samson
6) Jody's Shadow by Jody Samson
7) Alpha-Omega by Lars Hansen and Joe Waites
8) Highlander Kurgan Sword by I still have to find out who
9) ...uhm...
10) ...still thinking...

9) Your Anduril by Peter Lyon perhaps?

ed209
10-24-2009, 01:51 PM
(right now, LOTR excluded, it would be hard
for me to count 10 well designed and created ones*).

;).........

Jash
12-01-2009, 12:49 AM
I know what you guys mean. I am also not a huge fantasy sword fan (well, not since i first started...). However, there were a few swords that i absolutely love by Mr. Samson. Unfortunetly, they were either not for sale, or already sold by the time i found out his swords were up for sale again. That's one reason why i liked the "long curved sword". It is not a historical sword by any means...but demonstrates a nice combination of an Eastern flare, with a touch of fantasy (and the lack of skulls is always good in my books! lol). My all time favorite sword of his was (i forget the name at the moment), but a Roman Gladius with a white grip. I shall try to find a picture - anyone else remember it??