If you're into sword collecting, Samurai swords will make an amazing addition to your display. Though these collectible swords aren't cheap, they can provide years of enjoyment and help you build a valuable collection that can be passed on to your children and theirs.
Samurai swords have been popular among Oriental people since the Middle Ages. Samurai swords typically have a single sharp edge, and in the past were used often in close quarter combat. These swords were tailored by the most experienced swordsmiths. Swordsmiths used forging and heat treating methods to create high quality Samurai swords that were hard enough to retain a sharp edge, but flexible to withstand a direct impact without breaking.
Types of Samurai Swords
Samurai swords are available in many shapes and sizes. Blade lengths vary as well as the material used for the handle and wrapping. You'll notice hardwood handles, leather wrapping, solid metal guards, etc. that can each add to the look and feel of a sword. Many Samurai sword blades are made of stainless steel, but you should look for those that have a heat tempered finish. High carbon steel blades are also popular.
Some collectible Samurai swords to consider are Kill Bill swords, Last Samurai Japanese Katana swords, 40-inch Red Kendo Wooden Bokken Practice swords, Dragon Samurai sword set, or the handmade practical Musashi Samurai Katana sword. These are reasonably priced if you buy online, but do offer fine quality and beauty that will enhance your sword display area.
Tips on Samurai Sword Collection
If you're new to sword collection, first understand that this is not a cheap hobby. Samurai swords and other types of swords can cost anywhere from $20 to $100 each or more (for antique swords). Start slow and gradually build your sword collection. Choose your swords wisely and buy one or two at a time to ensure you're getting what you want for your collection. Buying Samurai swords online can be beneficial, especially if you live in an area where there are very few stores or dealers that sell collectible swords. Many online retailers offer a vast selection of swords at reasonable prices. Just be sure to read reviews and research the sword before buying.
Once you obtain a few swords, you might consider displaying them in a protective case in your home. This will serve several purposes. One, it will protect your swords from damage and possibly rust (as long as the storage area is kept dry). Two, this protects your family members and guests from harming themselves or others with a sword. Children should be kept away from the swords except when supervised by an adult. Samurai swords are very sharp! Third, keeping your collection locked in a secure area will protect it from theft if your house is ever burglarized. You'll also want to check with your insurance provider to be sure the collection is protected under your homeowner's policy if stolen or damaged by fire.
As you shop for Samurai swords, you might also consider other types of swords for your collection. Many online stores or collectible shops that have swords for sale carry a number of swords, including medieval swords, fantasy swords, Japanese swords, etc. If you're into movie and video game collectibles, you'll find many movie swords, anime swords, video game swords, and even Star Wars light sabers!
If you're not sure where to start, check out online sites offering swords for sale to see if historical information about Samurai swords and others is available. Some sites offer a bit of information about each type of sword offered for sale. You can also speak with other collectors or read collector's magazines. Samurai sword collection is a fine hobby that will amaze all your guests. Use these ideas to find quality swords today!
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