Sword Information & Articles

There is a lot of sword information and useful article links sprinkled throughout the various pages on Sword Buyers Guide, but they are not always easy to find and many, easy to miss.

With this index, we gather all the various useful sub-articles into one place so you can ensure you don't miss any critical tidbits that may otherwise be buried away and tricky to find.

Basic Primers

Types of Swords - Sword information regarding the main broad categories of which swords can be divided into as well as links to further information.

Basic Sword Terminology - Non specific sword terminology for newbies, including what is meant by "Center of Percussion", "Blade Geometry" and European Sword Terminology.

Japanese Sword Terminology - An easy to remember, slightly tongue in cheek guide to Japanese sword terminology and pronunciation for absolute beginners.

A good battle ready sword - the basics - Expansion of the three basic characteristics that all good "battle ready" swords share.

Authentic Swords: Two additional Requirements - Two additional important characteristics that separate the good battle ready swords from the truly exceptional pieces.

Articles on Buying Swords

Discount Coupon Codes - A collection of coupon codes you can use to save when buying swords online.

Sword Buying Horror Stories - Warnings from site visitors of bad sellers and sword buying experiences. Can submit your own experiences too.

Buying Swords outside of the USA - A "secret" method of buying swords that you otherwise cannot access if you are not fortunate enough to be located in the USA.

Christmas Sword Buying Guide - Essential reading for anyone buying swords at Christmas time, whether for themselves or as a gift.

Articles on Sword Care, Repair, Customization and Maintenance

No Choji Oil? No problems! - Cheap alternatives to traditional Choji (clove) oil.

Make Your Own Sword Cleaning Kit - There is a lot of conflicting information about what you need to maintain a functional Japanese sword. But no need to buy a cleaning kit, here is how to make your own.

How to fix a loose tsuba - An easy way to fix a loose or rattling tsuba (hand guard) on a Katana.

Fixing a loose peened pommel - Peening is a superior and historically accurate way to permanently affix a medieval sword to the hilt. The downside, if it DOES become loose it can be impossible to re-tighten - at least it is without this information.

Wrapping Your own Tsukamaki - A step by step guide on how to wrap a Japanese swords handle.

How to do "Battlewrap" Tsukamaki - Step by step instructions on how to do an alternative style handle wrap on a Katana.

Electro Chemical Sword Engraving - The "Poor mans" method of engraving a sword or knife with stencils, a 9v battery and some alligator clips.

Free Sword Care Ebook - A free treasure trove of information on sword storage, cleaning, polishing and more. 11 pages.

Your Sword Care Questions Answered - Submit your questions and get expert sword information and tailored answers for free.

Japanese Sword Information & Articles

Cheap Samurai Swords - A comprehensive guide to navigating the minefield of cheap, sub $100 Japanese sword replicas.

Real Katana Prices - How much does a real katana cost and how to tell the difference between a real one and a fake..

Cheap Samurai Sword Sets - A guide on what to avoid when buying cheap Daisho Samurai Sword Sets.

Authentic Japanese Sword Replicas - A buyers guide tailored to enthusiasts who want the most traditional, yet affordable Katana.

High End Katana - What separates a $300 Katana from a $1000 blade and a $1000 blade from a $10,000 sword? What do you REALLY get for the extra money?

Japanese Beater Swords - A guide to buying the toughest, meanest "beater" Katana for the dojo or the backyard on a budget.

History of the Katana - A brief, easy to read history of the development of the Japanese Samurai sword.

Samurai Sword Construction -  The three main techniques traditionally used making Katana, and why only ONE of them actually really makes a difference with swords made from modern steel..

Japanese Sword Sites - Links to other quality websites about Katana, from information to sites selling antique Nihonto..

Samurai Sword Techniques - Comprehensive Samurai Sword information on the etiquette, basic techniques and more of how to use and train with a Katana.

Tameshigiri - The Art of Test Cutting with a Japanese Sword explained.

Questions on Japanese Swords? - If you have questions on Japanese swords and or what sword best suits your need and budget, ask them here!

Damascus Sucks - Why buying so called "Damascus" swords is often a big mistake..

Japanese Swords for Sale on eBay - Common shady business practices by China based sellers exposed.

Articles on European Swords

Roman Swords - A brief rundown of the most historically accurate and/or functional replica Gladii.

Cheap European Sword Replicas - What to expect and the best of the best available swords for under $200.

Arming Swords and Longswords - An overview of the two primary sidearms of the medieval knight and guide to the best, fully functional replicas.

Two Handed Swords - Rundown on the biggest, meanest battle ready replicas of two handed greatswords.

A Visit to Museum Replicas - A Behind the scenes virtual tour to the Atlanta based headquarters of Museum Replicas Limited.

Questions on European Swords? Can't find Sword Information on European swords? Not a problem, ask your questions and get expert answers here.

Interviews

Interview with Henry Thomas - Interview with Hollywood Actor, Henry Thomas, who also happens to be an avid sword collector and Historical European Martial Arts instructor in Los Angeles.

Interview with Paul Chen from Cheness Cutlery - An interview with owner of Cheness Cutlery, Paul Chen, about how he got started, company philosophy and much more.

Interview with Clyde Hollis - An interview with the former owner of Generation 2, now legacy arms, one of the founding fathers of the modern functional collecting sword movement. A follow up interview is found here.

Interview with Philip Isherwood from Saberforge - A must for fans of Star Wars, our interview with the founder and owner of Saberforge.com - a company producing lightsaber replicas suitable for hard action sparring.

Interview with Swords of the East - Interview with the owner of Swords of the East, a sword company specializing in functional Asian swords.

Interview with Sword N Armory - Interview with the owners of one of the most professional sword companies around, Sword N Armory.

Interview with Chris Howard from Reliks.com - Interview with Canadas premium sword seller, Reliks.com

Interview with Hank Reinhardt - Hank Reinhardts final interview shortly before his untimely death. A true legend of the sword community - R.I.P. Hank.

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