A Beginners Guide to Buying Authentic Swords Online
Looking at all the various swords for sale online can make you
feel a bit like a kid in a candy store. But if you are looking to
buy authentic replica swords online, it can be a bit harder to
get what you really want than it otherwise might first
Sure, if you are just looking for an ornamental sword to hang
on the wall - it's pretty easy. Just look around for a sword that
takes your fancy, don't spend much more than US$50 and your
chances of getting what you want are good?
But if you are like me when I first started my sword
collection, you might not know that there is a world of
difference between an ornamental sword that you hang on the wall
and a REAL sword that you can actually swing through the air or
cut things with!
The reality is that the vast majority of swords for sale on
the internet are what experienced sword collectors call "sword
like objects". Even just swinging one of these swords through the
air is asking for trouble, and may the gods help you if you try
to cut something as simple as a cardboard box! More often than
not, the swords handle will break, the blade will shatter or
worse still, come flying off like some demented helicopter blade
at a speed of just over 40mph (trust me, voice of experience
The fact of the matter is that if you are looking for a REAL
sword, you need to start your search looking for what online
sword sellers refer to as a "battle ready" or "functional
Unfortunately though, not all sword sellers are scrupulously
honest in their description of a battle ready sword? And quite
often, this description is applied to swords that are anything
Essentially, there are three main characteristics that all
REAL swords have in common. And those characteristics are:
- They are made of high carbon steel, NOT
- The swords have been properly heat treated to
ensure they are not too brittle and not too soft.
Of course, not all "functional" swords being sold online
accurately describe if they have these characteristics. Luckily
though, there is a fairly easy way to determine if a sword is
REAL or not. And that is by only buying swords made by a well
known and respected sword manufacturer.
- The sword has what is called a "full tang". In
other words, the metal insert that goes into the swords handle
is forged as part of the sword, and not welded on
In my opinion, the best "bang for your buck" swords are all
produced by 3 companies - Windlass Steelcrafts, Generation 2 and
Paul Chens Hanwei Forge. All of these manufacturers make good
quality REAL swords at prices around the US$150 to $200 mark.
While you might think that this is a lot to pay for a sword,
especially when compared to the cheap swords being sold online
for $30 or $40 - the reality is that you are not comparing apples
with apples. And believe me, for this price range you can get
some very mean, strong swords that you would be proud to show off
to your friends.
For more information on how to select a your first real sword,
as well as reviews, test cutting results and everything else you
need to know about buying swords online, check out my website.
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