Many enjoy having, using or collecting replica swords. Whether you use them as decorative elements in your home or historical exhibition, or you use them for demonstrations of kenjutsu, you want to have the best quality swords for your use. Here are some suggestions to help you make the best choice in sword for you.
A period sword can be a perfect complement to your costume when doing historic re-enactment. But finding the right one can be difficult. A good quality replica sword pays attention to the details that mark the difference between a Viking sword and that of a Roman Gladiator.
Some of these swords are meant only to be used as decoration. That is why these blades often have nickel or chrome plating applied to the blades to keep a shiny appearance and prevent the metals below from corroding. As this treatment flakes and chips, it is not suitable for historical fencing or combat re-enactment.
With a historical sword, when examining the specifics sheet, check out how the manufacturer has constructed the tang. Quality manufacturers forge the blade and tang as one single unit, and make certain that the balance of the blade is correct. This would make it perfect for historical re-enactment battles. However, some manufacturers take short cuts, which result in the hilt breaking during combat.
Mythic swords are a popular choice for collectors. Those who love to feel connected to mythic characters such as Robin Hood, Lancelot, King Arthur or any of the heroes from the Lord of the Rings can find a sword from these legendary people.
Only you know why you want a replica sword. Whether it is for mock fighting or simply for decoration. Armed with these tips, you can feel assured that you will make the best choice for your needs.