Basic Information About Swords

If you’re in the market for swords, you may plan to use them for one of two purposes: personal use, or decorative display.

When shopping for a sword it is important to understand the differences between display and battle-ready (also known as functional) swords.

Display Swords:

Swords crafted for decorative display purposes are  most commonly crafted out of stainless steel.  This ensures that the sword will not rust and makes display sword ownership affordable.  If you attempt to use your display sword, it may break.

You can choose to hang your sword on the wall using a special sword hanger or place it in a specially made stand. Either way is acceptable and what you choose is a matter of personal preference.

There are a wide variety of display swords available to suit all tastes.  Samurai swords, medieval swords, and Anime swords are just a few of the choices available to you.  You can choose a sword according to design, handle color, length, and more.  There are even swords with jewel-encrusted handles and artistic designed blades.

You don’t want to touch the blade of your stainless steel display sword because the oils from your fingers can cause your sword to look worn and dirty.  Make sure if you keep your sword in a glass display case that you keep the case clean and dust free.  Do not let anyone handle your display sword. To clean your sword simply use a soft cloth and wipe gently.

Functional or Battle-Ready Swords

Functional swords are most often made from carbon or flexible steel.  Carbon steel is a good, sturdy material perfect for mid to high priced functional swords.  Flexible steel may cost more, but offer better performance, bending under strong force.  If your flexible steel functional sword becomes bent, you can have it worked back into shape by a qualified sword professional.

To protect the blade of your functional sword, keep it coated with a light lubricant.  This will help rust from developing.  Keep your hands off the blade as touching it can encourage rusting and wear. Never store your sword in its sheath because the humidity that generates inside the sheath can also cause rust.

If rust does happen to develop on your sword, clean it off quickly.  You can clean the rust off with any commercial metal cleaner.  A good metal polish can keep your blade gleaming.  You may have heard of coating your blade with WD40.  This is not a good idea because WD40 contains certain ingredients that evaporate and leave your blade susceptible to rust.

Never allow children anywhere near your swords.  Be sure to store your sword in a safe place where little ones cannot reach or access them.