Saturday, November 12, 2011

The knife and sword collecting

Antique Greece Crete sword
People are collecting various things. Some are collecting out of passion and love to those unique rare products or their historical worth, and others because of a search for some connection to the past. The knife and sword collectors are no less special then the things they collect, and usually the sword and knife collector will have a very deep passion and understanding of the articles he is collecting, their history, use in past time and importance in the development of swords and knifes.

Many factors make the collectors a new target on the antique and collectable markets, as the level of fake swords and knifes appeared on the market increases to a degree that is it almost impossible to spot a valuable piece. So as a buyer you have to be careful and use all your knowledge.

Today the collector needs to learn more techniques that will help him or her avoid the heavy price of getting fooled and spending a lot of money on fake or replicas. The collector should learn and understand expert tricks to protect him and his hard earned money from those in the market who try and make an easy dollar on their expense.

18th century Turkish Ottoman dagger sword

The blade is the main part you should be concerned about, if you are looking to buy online you can start by looking at the available photos, try and examine them as closely as you can, you can always ask specifically for a closer picture, of a certain piece of the blade. Take your time when you are doing this because this is actually the most important feature of a sword. Also important thing is the cost and the value you attribute to the blade or sword and consider the cost of arriving at the shop or person to examine it.

19th Century Jian Collection
If you suspect a flaw or a mark that increases the risk of damage of fake you should look at that part and examine it carefully. Never buy something based on a sellers word or sweet talk, unless you are willing to risk being very disappointed when the sword gets to you and you spot its problems right away. Sometimes you see a great opportunity on the internet, but it is always better to look and exam the part as much as possible, especially the blade.

Traditional chinese sword

The other thing you should try and do is finding out the sellers background and his history, is this seller big on the market, did he have any recommendation and if he is known, you should do that to any kind of seller, shop or auction house, the internet can supply you with great answers to the questions you ask, try to ask in collectors internet sites or forums, or even send an email to some people you know and trust and ask them if you should go along and purchase something from this seller.

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