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“Zorro's First Stop”

Mariano Zamorano Swords
Ranked #3 of 33 Shopping in Toledo
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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722 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“Zorro's First Stop”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

It was a joy to spend time with someone that makes real swords and takes so much pleasure in his work. This is the anti-tourist store - no postcards, no fancy plates - just old-fashioned steel. Take a few minutes to find the sword that is right for you.

TIP: Real swords cost more as they are made from carbon steel and made to be both strong and flexible. Display swords are made from stainless steel. They look nice, but tend to break if you try to do anything with them.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Albany, New York
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“5th generation swordsmith and a great guy.”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is the real deal. Forged Toledo steel, smithed on site in his forge/workshop. Mariano Zamorano is knowledgeable, friendly and willing to share his knowledge of the history behind the swords and knives he makes (accurately for each period). There are thousands of cheap swords in the windows of shops in Toledo, but if you want an actual weapon, forged by a master smith, come here.
We walked out with 3 poignards (which I learned from Senor Z. were used by swordsmen in their left hands) and 2 daggers (which senor Z. explained were used as a hand to hand weapon by archers). In addition, we bought two beautiful chef knives and a set of razor sharp steak knives, all bearing his mark.
When we got them home (checked baggage on the flight) all the knives were sharp enough to cut paper with the weight of the blade alone. Beautiful work, lovely man, can't like this place enough.

Visited July 2014
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Redwood City, California
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“five generation swordmaking tradition ending?”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Mariano Zamorano is a fifth generation swordmaker in Toledo...and he may be the last in his family line.

He's also a maker of real swords that matadors and military officers order.

I had a chance to talk with him about his family tradition, how he learned from his father and how his kids (understandably) are more interested in business professions than in learning the family craft.

Zamorano took me through his workshop, and showed me how his pieces start with the steel, how he forges/hammers that into swords, how he polishes them and how he makes and fastens the sword blade to the guard and handle. He wasn't forging during the summer...too hot, he said. Fascinating.

Mr Zamorano is a congenial, serene master craftsman who appreciates his workmanship as much as those who want to come and meet him. For those people interested in the art of swordmaking, especially the Toledo tradition, do go see Mr Zamorano. He's the one missing the upper joint of his index finger. He may be the last swordmaking master in Toledo.

Visited June 2014
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Partaloa, Spain
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85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Original and the best swords in Toledo”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

This must be the best place to find swords. Forget all the other ´tourist´ type shops. Experts in this business have been hand crafting swords etc. for the past 4 generations. The small shop has a wonderful choice of both their hand made and also cheaper machine made examples, as well as jewellery. This is the ultimate place to find an original hand made sword in Toledo. Whether you need a typical example of a medieval sword or one with exquisite decoration. Highly recommended. Mariano speaks English and he can show you around his workshop which is preserved in original condition. Marvelous work. !

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“What a treat!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Mr Zamorano's shop may not be the easiest to find but be persistent - it will be worth the search! On your way there, you will pass many, MANY knife and sword shops and window displays and it's possible those products will be less expensive. Keep walking! The products Mr Zamorano offers are far superior and while they may cost more, you will have a product that will last a lifetime, not to mention a work of art made by a master cultural artisan. Mr Zamorano is proud of his products and for good reason: he is a craftsman who is almost one of a kind in today's world. He will greet you personally, show you the displays on the wall or in the display counter and explain in great detail about the product. We found Mariano Zamorano Swords on Tripadvisor and made a special trip to find his shop - so happy we did.

Visited October 2013
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