Worst Mistakes When Buying a Sword:


Sword Buying Mistakes

By Chowser, November 22nd, 2016

Always consider what you want from a sword

There are lot of things to ask yourself when making a sword purchase; do you want a functional sword or a decorative one, do you know the difference between the two, etc. Many people fail toto make these considerations prior to purchasing, and the results can be disastrous. We have compiled a list of some of the worst mistakes you can make when buying a new sword in the hopes that we can help you avoid making them.

Mistake number one: Handling your new sword carelessly

Swords by their very nature are dangerous objects, not only the super sharp battle-ready swords, but also the decorative variety as well. The worst mistake you can make when buying a new sword is handling it without the proper care and respect that the sword is due. People often make this mistake with unsharpened blades because they believe that they are harmless, and wave them around carelessly. Decorative swords are still often sharp enough to pierce skin, and regardless of the sharpness, the steel is still strong enough to break bones. So, the first thing to remember when buying a new sword is BE CAREFUL, no matter what kind it is.

image credit: Emblems for Battle

Mistake number two: Buying a decorative sword when you want to slice and chop

This is a common mistake among first time buyers, because even though swords seem simple on the surface, there is a lot that goes into making a functional sword, and it is possible to reduce the cost of a sword if its final purpose is only decorative. Below are a few ways that decorative swords can be produced more economically, and reasons why it causes them to be decorative:

Firstly, Decorative swords don’t require the same blade flexibility as functional ones do, therefore it is possible to create decorative swords using steel that is easier to manufacture. Although the steel is less expensive, good steel still costs good money, so Decorative Swords usually lack the necessary tang length to support blade impacts, especially against hard surfaces. The reason that decorative blades don’t have full length tangs is because it is more expensive to include them due to the additional metal needed. Another major difference is usually the spine thickness of the blade. I functional blade will usually have a much thicker spine, with a stronger taper than a decorative blade. Finally, most decorative blades don’t have a sharpened edge, and even if they do it is not advisable to use them in a cutting capacity.

Mistake number tree: Buying a Functional Sword, when you are not interested in sword maintenance

Functional Swords require care, not only concerning handling the deadly blade, but also in terms on maintenance. If you are considering investing in one of these epic beauties, there are some things you should know before you do.

The main thing to know is that functional swords need to be oiled regularly, in some cases as often as once a week. This process doesn’t take a long time, but failing to do it can result in the ruination of your expensive sword. In many cases, it is only necessary to oil a blade once every three months, but it depends on the blade, and the humidity of the environment it is be kept in.

While most of the oiling is the main consideration, sword maintenance is a big topic, and there is a lot more to it. If you are interested in learning more, check out my Sword Maintenance post:

Sword Maintenance


We hope you will take some valuable information away after reading this, and perhaps we have saved you from making one of these mistakes. If you have any additional mistakes to add to the list, please feel free to post them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed this, please share it on your favorite social media platform.