Do you have any medieval swords? If you do, then you probably know what the hype is all about. Something about buying a medieval sword is very magical and surreal to most people.
With so many options available right now, which style is best for you? In this article I hope to explain the basics of medieval swords to you so that your next purchase goes very smoothly!
When you hear the word medieval yamato sword, what type of image comes into your head? I usually picture a long, double-edged sword with a straight hand guard. You might picture a Japanese Samurai sword with a curved blade and round hand guard.
No matter what type of medieval sword you prefer, there are a few ideas that you should keep in mind when shopping for your next sword:
1. Most medieval swords are made with medium to high carbon steel. What this means to you is that your sword will stay sharp for extended periods of time. This also means that the sword can and will rust if you don’t take care of it.
To prevent your sword from rusting, simply keep a light coat of oil or Vaseline on your blade after every use and dry it off with a towel if it becomes wet.
2. Take your time when removing the sword from it’s scabbard. You should get used to the way that the sword slides out and save your fingers from being split wide open!
3. Don’t forget to take care of your stainless steel swords also! I suggest that you lubricate these swords just like you would with your carbon steel blades. Again, without proper care your stainless steel swords will rust and corrode.
Finally, a few warnings about swords to those unfamiliar. They are sharp! Seriously, be careful when handling a sword. Much like a knife, the edges of swords have been honed to be as sharp as possible. You wouldn’t want to go to battle with a dull sword, and all are very sharp. The main difference between a sword and knife though, is that a sword is also usually very large. It was meant to be able to strike an enemy from a short distance and that means that handling a sword should be done with care. If you plan on placing your sword on display, make sure that it has a solid structure holding it up or, to be extra certain of it staying put and not being disturbed, place it in a see-through acrylic or glass housing so that it can be seen, but not touched. At this point it should also be noted that swords are also not cheap. The best swords on the market cost many thousands of dollars. If you are planning on investing in a sword, do so knowing that you will have a very original, one-of-a-kind piece to enjoy for many years.