If you've ever thought about forging or buying a sword, this page covers
my opinions on what you need to know before you start researching your project.
Use of this page is subject to the
caveats. Please forgive the roughness
of some of the links, but they illustrate how much change happens regularly
in the world of swords. Updated 2005/2006. Table
How to learn about swords
Good Starter Swords
I have some very specific recommendations of the "best" swords to begin with
if you are looking for real swords at reasonable prices.
By looking at these swords and these prices you can get a good idea of what
a good, reliable sword of the particular price and type should cost.
These are "starter" swords. If you get into the three hundred dollar
range, you should consider a real sword from an excellent sword maker such
as Angus Trim.
Going from your initial collection, read some books. These links will
take you to recommended books you should consider.
There are Excellent Smiths, for when
you decide to expand you decide to expand your collection. For incredible
vendors in the under a thousand dollar range (often half of that):
Vendor Links -- of course you should double
check these against the Swordforum and other places that keep current on
the qualities and virtues of vendors.
Caveats: many smiths are human, get sick, old, etc. they also tend
to be artists and driven by love of the steel rather than economics (even
the ones who are good business types). See
consider a wooden practice
sword for starting out.
Links to other topics
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[e-mail]. I am especially
looking for profiles to link to each of the sword sources (so that there
are essays to go with the short comments I have put up) and for advice, comments
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