how do you know if the sword is real?

by Alissa

QUESTION: I want to buy a light wood shirasaya wakizashi, and i found a good site, but i want to make sure that what i'm buying is real, and not a replica or a display.

ANSWER: The best way to be sure is to check both the brand (maker) of the item and ensure that the seller (vendor) has a reputation for honest business practices...

I've listed the best of the best sword sellers at the SBG Sword Buyers Directory. Otherwise, if you wish to provide a link to the item you are looking for, either myself or one of our regular visitors can chime in with a specific opinion.

Kind Regards,

- Paul

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Who else has heard of your sword in question?
by: Anonymous

The most ideal thing to do is to attach yourself somehow--either in ~reality~ or through the web--to some sort of sword community. It could be a reanactment group or a good online forum. That way, you'll get to at least hear hearsay evidence of whether the sword in question is real. And if you chase it even further, you might even hear real evidence.

Or, you can just trust Paul's words: he didn't lie about the Kaze, I'll tell you that :p

But if you're just judging the site, it's completely like throwing a dice. They can make as many CLAIMS as they want, but trust me, what you want is EVIDENCE.

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