/r/SWORDS

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A subreddit for enthusiasts, practitioners, collectors, and investigators of swords (and related historical weapons). Real swords, decorative, historical, fantasy; humor, social, ID requests, shopping help, art; all sword-related topics are welcome (we are not very strict about topicality)!

A subreddit for enthusiasts, practitioners, collectors, and investigators of swords (and related historical weapons). Real swords, decorative, historical, fantasy; humor, social, ID requests, shopping help, art; all sword-related topics are welcome (we are not very strict about topicality)! Please check out the wiki!

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  • Be civil. Debate is welcome, but don't demean others, and exercise tact regarding people's property. If you are tired of newbie questions, it is better to link wiki posts or old topics than to spread negativity.

  • Please post from only one account. Vote spamming is not just rude but dishonest.

  • No commercial spam. You can promote your own works and services, as long as you identify them as such. This isn't a classifieds list, but we do welcome makers, sellers, and teachers willing to engage with the community. Also, avoid posting many similar topics in a very short period (e.g. every YouTube video by a given user). Finally, be aware that Reddit automatically shadow-blocks posts that link to your own materials too often; as mods we have zero ability to stop this.

  • We do not condone the modern-day use of swords as actual weapons. Topics on the subject are not prohibited, but readers are encouraged to link to this topic explaining the official stance.

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I want to learn but I don’t want to be disrespectful

Hi so I’m a African American male living in Texas and I’ve recently looked into swordsmanship and I have found a rather interest in the samurai. their traditions, morals and way of handling their swords and I want to learn their ways everything from smithing the swords to wielding them but I don’t want to be disrespectful about it because I am not someone of their race, beliefs, or customs.

So I want to know if anyone would be able to tell me if they see it as disrespectful for an outsider to learn it

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2024/04/15
22:54 UTC

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I want to learn but I don’t want to be disrespectful

Hi so I’m a African American male living in Texas and I’ve recently looked into swordsmanship and I have found a rather interest in the samurai. their traditions, morals and way of handling their swords and I want to learn their ways everything from smithing the swords to wielding them but I don’t want to be disrespectful about it because I am not someone of their race, beliefs, or customs.

So I want to know if anyone would be able to tell me if they see it as disrespectful for an outsider to learn it

12 Comments
2024/04/15
22:54 UTC

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I have returned

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2024/04/15
22:43 UTC

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I'm looking for a cheap but functional katana, does anyone know this brand?

Hello! I'm a HEMA guy but I want to better understand Japanese weapons, so I'm looking for one. I'll be doing mostly cutting and drills with it to get a practical feel for the Katana, so one could say it will be more of a beater practice sword that I can experiment with without worrying too much about damaging it.

I found out about this particular brand that claims to make functional swords and, their swords do seem to be decently proportioned and functional for a very affordable price, although they claim they are 1045, which is kind of a bummer.

But I couldn't find any info about them on the internet or reviews by people who have experience with Katanas in how they handle, how well balanced or how well built they are.

Asking around if any of you here have any experience with this brand and what you think about it?

https://preview.redd.it/7quoiwdzlpuc1.png?width=500&format=png&auto=webp&s=bc7a79c3729a78adbd9a3e1f766ec5b1697e0608

5 Comments
2024/04/15
21:25 UTC

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My Sword from Tang Soo Do

While Tang Soo Do (Korean karate) doesn't have a specific sword allocated to that art, it does borrow various weapons from other arts.

This is my Damigiem, basically a 38-40" short sword. My one is non-functional with a dulled blade (unlike my other swords). Just wanted to share items from my collection ⚔️

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2024/04/15
19:38 UTC

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Looking to know the rough year of this cutlass? Note the one pictured is not mine but does match mine exactly

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2024/04/15
16:10 UTC

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How to sharpen a blunt stainless steel dagger?

The item I want to sharpen is a stainless steel replica dagger which right now does not have an actual edge.

Before anyone says anything I am aware that replica swords should not be used to cut anything and I DO NOT PLAN ON USING IT TO CUT ANYTHING. I just want it to look like it's not a triangular flat piece of metal.

I purchased it cause I liked the simplistic look of it, but on closer inspection it was not as beveled as I would of liked. Hence I want to give it an edge for aesthetic purposes. (I assume fully beveling it would be much more difficult). It doesn't even have to be a cutting edge as long as it gives the 'blade' some visible 3rd dimensional shape as apposed to the triangular prism it currently is.

So if anyone is aware of a cost effective or atleast entry level way of sharpening not sharp metal please let me know.

4 Comments
2024/04/15
14:25 UTC

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Ottoman Kilij (15th Century)

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2024/04/15
14:22 UTC

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Ronin Katana Euro #8 Viking Sword

Anyone have any experience with this sword? Also any experience good or bad with Ronan Katana's scratch and dent sale?

Here's a link to the sword: https://roninkatana.com/scratch-and-dent-ronin-katana-euro-8-viking-sword/

8 Comments
2024/04/15
07:43 UTC

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What type of sword is this? A Longsword?

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2024/04/15
05:57 UTC

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Help me identify please

Old sword dad had.

3 Comments
2024/04/15
04:07 UTC

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Best Functional Replica of Michonne’s Katana?

So I’ve been looking for a good replica of Michonne’s katana from The Walking Dead. I just want some pointers on what to avoid and all that. I want to try and find one that has a strong, sharp blade. Not like I need it but I don’t really want one off amazon that is like “mall katana” quality. There have been a few that have caught my eye like ones on Swords of Northshire and Ryanswords. Any suggestions?

2 Comments
2024/04/15
03:57 UTC

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New SC Dragonfly Katana on it's way!

My third custom order from Sword Culture aka Bestkatana on Etsy is on its way. Went with a T10 blade with Choji hamon, nature theme/dragonfly. Tsuka fully wrapped with samegawa.

0 Comments
2024/04/15
03:18 UTC

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I know this is probably been done to death but I need to know...

Longsword vs Katana?

15 Comments
2024/04/15
03:05 UTC

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Thoughts on the Chinese hook swords?

Ah, the good ol’ Chinese hooks swords! Also called Fu Tao, Hu Tou Gou, or Shuang Gou. The origins of this weapon is heavily debated, as there’s a lack of documentation on them and they might have been used by civilians, and we don’t know when they were developed, but some people think they might be a recent design. A neat thing the swords could do was link up with each other with one sword being swung around, with the dagger upon the hilt slashing targets. If you’ve seen it before then you might recognize them from Avatar: The Last Airbender, where a character named Jet uses them.

13 Comments
2024/04/15
01:08 UTC

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