How to start sword collecting: Where to look, what to avoid

How to start sword collecting: Where to look, what to avoid

This is kind of a sword 101 introduction for those who would like to get into the hobby. It might also offer some helpful information for people who are already familiar with replica swords.

In the video I’m talking about where to find swords and other historical weapons (in North America), how to distinguish between non-functional wallhanger junk and “battle-ready” reproductions, and my opinion on a couple of manufacturers. And a short explanation of how different hilt assemblies (threaded vs. peened).

*Update* In hindsight I have to admit that the little rant about Cold Steel was somewhat biased. I’m currently (as of May 2016) more neutral towards them.

Useful sites with lots of valuable information:
http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/
http://www.myarmoury.com/

*** Online stores worth checking out ***
Kult of Athena: http://ww4.aitsafe.com/go.htm?go=kultofathena.com&afid=28632&tm=14&im=1 (USA)
Reliks: http://www.reliks.com/ (Canada)
Warriors and Wonders: http://www.warriorsandwonders.com/ (Canada)

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