About Collecting Swords

-- Tuesday, 04 April 2006

Collecting swords is a pastime / hobby that has been around for literally thousands of years. While swords are not commonly used in battle today as they once were, their emotional and aesthetic attributes still edify collectors and historians around the world. Arguably, the sword first became a significantly popular weapon during the bronze age. In it’s initial stages of development, it is likely that the sword was more or less a variation of the dagger—that is, an evolutionary product stemming from the advancements in knives and daggers.

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of the most important additions to the technology at this time was the concept of a hilt. A hilt could provide a firmer grip on the weapon and also, in some cases, served to protect the hands, fingers, and even forearms of the wielder. Finally, a hilt was also useful in preventing the accidental slip of a hand onto the blade itself.

The iron age was also a major period of development for sword technology. At this time the swords became more effective and their popularity skyrocketed. One of the most important advantages provided by iron was the fact that it lent itself to mass production and a streamlining of the blacksmithing process. Blacksmiths soon found that adding carbon to the iron allowed for an improved alloy—what we know today as steel.

At this point in time, sword use had become widespread and was essential to survival in many areas of the world. The middle ages did not offer much change in this regard. While the Viking age did introduce some minor modifications to the sword, the underlying concept stayed the same and there were no major innovations.

As time passed sword technology continued to improve as new metals and alloys were discovered. Production technology also improved which allowed swords to be produced more quickly, more cheaply, and more efficiently. Swords became a hallmark adorning the waists of generals and important battlefield commanders even after the introduction of the pistol and rifle. In fact, to this day, in many military processions the sword is present and a symbol to be respected. Various swords serve as accolades identifying important people in militaries across the world.

While this brief history is by no means comprehensive, and I do encourage readers to seek more information on swords elsewhere, I hope it has sufficed to arouse your interest. If you would like to experience to the world of swords yourself, why not try collecting?

About the Author

Casey Miller recommends visiting all swords and taking a look at what they have to offer. Specifically, I recommend viewing the Japanese Swords, Decorative Swords, and Fantasy Swords.

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