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Sword Types - How To Pick A Sword
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Most people do not realize how great a variety of swords there are readily available for different preferences. If you've ever entertained the idea of purchasing a sword before and gone to the mall and checked out the sword shop there or browsed through online swords and weapons retailers you will be inundated by a myriad of options to choose from. This makes picking a sword quite overwhelming in some instances. Allow me to break the process down for you.

Before picking a sword, you should first figure out what you will be utilizing it for. Do you simply want something to spice up your mantelpiece? Or perhaps you've always wanted a replica of the Shards of Narsil from the Lord of the Rings? You may also be inclined to put the sword to actual use and test its cutting ability. Or perhaps you want to have some friendly sparring sessions with your friends. Whatever the intended use, there is a sword out there perfect for you. You simply have to find it. Here is a list of the various usages most people purchase swords for and the search terms you should use in order to find the right ones.

Display Swords These are perhaps the easiest. You can put up just about any type of sword and it will look good. All that is required is proper placement, orientation, and making sure it matches the decor in the room. You may want to consider purchasing a stand in order to more easily and safely display your blades.

Battle-Ready Swords If you are looking for a weapon that can take a beating and still slice through objects with ease, you definitely want to be searching for battle-ready swords. These blades often come sharpened or partially sharpened. You can easily find plenty of cutting demonstrations with various battle-ready weapons on youtube if you'd like to check out the performance of different swords.

Practice Sword/Waster When picking a sword to have a friendly sparring session that will retain as much realism as possible without injuring each other, you will want a waster. Traditionally, practice swords are called wasters and are historically made from wood, however they do have metal and plastic wasters now. Bokken and shinai are also excellent training swords, representing the Japanese equivalent of a waster.

LARP Swords LARPing, Live Action Role Playing, is becoming more popular. More and more websites are beginning to offer plastic and latex foam LARP blades to customers. These blades are designed to protect the role players from injury and are ideal for those who wish to have realistic-looking weapons that provide quality performance while reducing the likelihood of injury during combat.

Hopefully by now you have a good general idea of what options you have for picking a sword. This is simply a very basic overview of all the options available and does not take into account the types of blades offered by different manufacturers and the different fighting styles they are designed for.


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