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Looking for a good sword
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Sep 15, 2003, 02:50 PM
I am looking to buy a sword. I want something real not just a display piece. Either Asian or medieval. Where can I et something like this and what should I look for?

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Sep 15, 2003, 03:22 PM
Try reading the beginner's forum here:

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Sep 15, 2003, 03:34 PM
"Do not excessively covet swords and daggers made by famous masters. Even if you can own a sword or dagger worth 10,000 pieces, it can be overcome by 100 spears each worth 100 pieces. Therefore, use the 10,000 pieces to procure 100 spears, and arm 100 men with them. You can in this manner defend yourself in time of war."

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Sep 15, 2003, 05:01 PM
i own 3 paul chen swords, the oriole piece, its beautiful and well made
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Sep 15, 2003, 08:04 PM
Depends on what kind of sword you're looking for. If you're looking for just a show sword, you can buy one off of eBay for pretty cheap.

However, if you're looking for a sword and like to entertain the idea that, if you wanted to, you can take it off the mantel and cut off someone's head with it, make sure it's SCA certified.

If it's not SCA certified it's just for show. Inevitably your friends will want to "sword fight" with it and someone will drop it on the sidewalk or will be clanging them against each other. Show swords will break in half. 99% of swords are for display purposes only. They may be "sharp as a razor" but they'll break in half if you drop it or even wave it around too much.

But if you want a sword and like the idea that you could actually use it, make sure it's SCA certified.
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