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Posted by Mel on 11/12/2012 to Military Swords
Swords have been used in warfare as far back as well over a thousand years. Military combat was hand-to-hand and one theory notes that swords were made as an extension of knives to reach the enemy before they got too close. These were long before the times of guns, cannons or drones so every thrust of the sword had to count.
Sword forgery became a fine art. Intricate scrolling and designs decorated many swords, and they were finely honed. Officers carried certain swords as a sign of their rank and status. Ceremonial swords have long been used in tribute and displays in the U.S. Navy.
Through the centuries, military swords became a collector's dream, especially if they had historical interests or if the person had a personal military history. The sword owner's name was often written on the sword, as well as the person, place or origin of the sword, itself.
A military sword would be a perfect gift for a loved one who may be serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It means that they are cared about, and their service to the country with honor is thought about and respected. The bravery of the men and women in our services is highly regarded, especially for someone special, such as a family member or close friend.
The U.S. Navy has a long, colorful history of using swords, as is often seen in naval ceremonies and formal uniforms. A gift such as a sword would be a great display piece, or a start to a wonderful collection. It's a great memorabilia piece to display as part of a life well-spent for that person.
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