posted on Nov, 24 2003 @ 10:56 PM
For those of you interested in buying swords here are some tips.
-Know your history if your doing historic reinactment or want to get a "true" sword (such as what metals were typical to the region, hilt styles,
-Typically if your looking for a real battle-ready sword, most of your medieval style weapons will be Carbon Spring Steel, stay away from Stainless
steel because it doesnt sharpen as well as carbon steel, plus if you do end up in a combat situation (highly doubtfull in the modern world) stainless
steel will probably shatter with several blows. Traditional Japanese swords used a special "folding" style that gave them their razor sharp edges,
doubt you will find many for under $1000.
-Buy a weapon that is balanced for you, actually if you want a truly authentic weapon you can find blacksmith's still who will forge swords to your
proportions. But most of it is common sense, dont buy a Flamberge if your short like me.
-Know where your sword is being made, typically you want to stay away from China, Pakistan, etc.... made swords they are really poorly forged.
However the exception seems to be with some of the blades made in the Philippines I was pretty impressed by some of Ritter Steel's swords. But the
best bet is going to be Spain, Scotland, Japan, anywhere its going to be hand crafted by a real artist.
well there are some pointers, hope I helped a little bit. For a well made sword dont expect to spend any less than $180, it also depends on the type
of sword as well but this is generally the rule.
[Edited on 24-11-2003 by daeldren]