Sword Collecting 101: Where to Start

Posted by Carlos on 2/12/2014 to Military Swords
If you're thinking about collecting swords, you may be wondering where the heck you're supposed to start. Just like any other hobby, collecting swords is going to be no different -- it's going to take time, an investment and dedication to grow your collection.

The Stories Behind the Various U.S. Military Swords

Posted by Devin on 2/4/2014 to Military Swords
Perhaps no symbol is better suited to convey military service than the sword. Although advances in modern technology have rendered the use of this historical weapon obsolete, its fixture as the primary weapon of choice for thousands of years of military history reserves it a standing of high regard amongst today's modern military forces.

Interesting Information About the Most Popular Steel Alloys Used in Collectable Millitary Swords

Posted by Devin on 1/31/2014 to Military Swords
Most military sword manufacturers that manufactured collectable military swords used several steel alloys to produce swords for combat and ceremonial purposes. These steel alloys offered different benefits to users that can be inferred by examining military swords made out of these alloys. As a result, it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of how these alloys are manufactured.

Preserving Service Heirlooms With Hardwood Flag Display Cases

Posted by Devin on 1/29/2014 to Military Displays
Memorial flags and other keepsake flags are often folded and presented in traditional triangular wooden display cases. Many families of U.S. service members receive these flags during funeral ceremonies honoring deceased Veterans. Sometimes flags are also preserved in such display cases when they are of some historical or personal importance, or were flown on a particular occasion of honor.

How to Select a Collectible Sword for Your Collection

Posted by Devin on 1/22/2014 to Military Displays
For collectible sword enthusiasts, all the world is just a great find waiting to happen. There are so many different types of swords - and not just from the United States, but all over the world. Just learning the terminology - for instance, some swords are called "sabers," while others are called "cutlasses" - is an education in itself. If you are just beginning your forays into the art of sword collecting, this short overview can help.

Tracking Down Authentic Sword Accessories for the U.S. Armed Forces

Posted by Devin on 1/22/2014
Whether you are trying to find a personalized gift for a current or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, looking to complete your dress uniform, or adding the finishing touches to a display piece, there are a variety of online retailers who specialize in providing authentic military sword accessories.

What Wood You Use?

Posted by Devin on 1/18/2014 to Military Displays
For those who have loved ones or friends in the military, few things show your appreciation, admiration and respect for them like a sword, knife or gun display, or a shadow box. Additionally, if you have an antique firearm or sword that you'd love to show off, a wood display is very aesthetically pleasing. Once you've decided to go with a beautiful, custom wooden display for any of the aforementioned occasions, the question arises: which wood do you choose?

With a Little Maintenance, Your Sword Display Will Look Great Year After Year

Posted by Devin on 1/17/2014 to Military Displays
Display swords can make a great addition to any home. Military themed swords show pride in one's country, as well as serving to honor those members of a family who dutifully served. By displaying such swords in your home, you can pay respect to those who bravely risk their lives to defend freedom all over the world.

How to Determine the Condition of Collectible Military Swords

Posted by Dupree on 1/5/2014 to Military Swords
Many people who are interested in collecting military swords wonder how they can determine the condition of a sword accurately. This is not surprising because most collectors use the condition of a sword to determine its value and visual appeal.

How to Preserve and Store Your Military Uniforms

Posted by Dupree on 1/4/2014 to Military Displays
Preserving your uniform is essential for enjoying it for your entire life. With proper care, you can enjoy your uniform for years, sharing it with future generations and treating it with respect. By following a few tips, you can ensure that your uniform will last as long as possible.

How to make money with investments in military swords

Posted by Dupree on 1/3/2014 to Military Swords
When looking to collect items and make money at the same time, most people are at a loss. Usually, a person who likes something such as traveling or sports will not make money off his or her hobby or collectibles. On the other hand, when collecting new or old military swords, one can make money and have a great time. With this in mind, here are four ways one can maximize their return on investment when buying military swords.

Properly Displaying a Military Flag

Posted by Devin on 1/2/2014 to Military Swords
America has a proud history of military flags, beginning with over a dozen different designs that were carried into battle during the Revolutionary War. Each branch of the military has its own flag, and many collectors enjoy tracing the history of the American military through the many incarnations of these flags, from the old maritime Union Jack to the modern designs for the Air Force. When displaying your military flags indoors, remember to care for them just like Old Glory.

Commemorating Military Service With Customized Displays

Posted by Devin on 1/2/2014 to Military Displays
The service men and women who volunteer in the armed forces are often humble and do not like sharing their accomplishments readily. This can be frustrating for loved ones who are proud of their son, daughter, wife, husband, or friend that serve the country with honor. One way that you can showcase someone’s service with respect and honor is with a customized display.

Four ways to protect to military swords

Posted by Devin on 12/27/2013 to Military Swords
With military swords, one will have a cool long-term investment that they can enjoy. Sadly, a lot of people see their investment value decline when it deteriorates due to the elements. With this in mind, here are four ways to protect military swords and see them last a long time.

Honoring Your Fallen Soldier With Military Metal Display Cases

Posted by Devin on 12/26/2013 to Military Displays
When members of the armed services make the ultimate sacrifice, medals are often the most obvious reminder of the legacy of their service. If you count a fallen soldier among your friends or family, consider a military medal display case to honor the soldier's accomplishments and the visible evidence of the country's gratitude.

Keeping Antique Guns in Shooting Shape

Posted by Devin on 12/23/2013 to Military Swords
If you've recently bought or inherited an antique gun, it’s important that you take good care of it and buy a proper gun display in order to make sure that it will remain in good condition for as long as possible. Individuals who have never owned guns or antiques before will want to be especially diligent about taking care of old firearms correctly.

How Properly Displaying a Military Flag Shows Respect

Posted by Devin on 12/21/2013 to Military Displays
America has a proud history of military flags, beginning with over a dozen different designs that were carried into battle during the Revolutionary War. Each branch of the military has its own flag, and many collectors enjoy tracing the history of the American military through the many incarnations of these flags, from the old maritime Union Jack to the modern designs for the Air Force. When displaying your military flags indoors, remember to care for them just like Old Glory.

Using Military Swords at Weddings

Posted by Devin on 12/20/2013 to Military Swords
While swords are often used at military weddings, they should always be done so with proper respect and education. You'll always want to check with the clergy beforehand to make sure that the event goes smoothly and follows venue protocol. For instance, you may or may not be allowed to wear sabers and scabbards inside the church. There are also religious leaders who prohibit bringing weapons on synagogue or church grounds.

Military Plaques Can Provide a Great Gift for Your Veteran

Posted by Devin on 12/19/2013 to Military Displays
Honoring your veteran by supporting their cause is only one of many ways you can show your appreciation for this person's dedication to his or her country. While a heart-felt "welcome home" party can bring tears to the eyes of someone who has been away for extended periods of time, a plaque signifying his or her service to the armed forces can instill a sense of pride and accomplishment for your veteran.

Taking Proper Care of Military Swords

Posted by Devin on 12/16/2013 to Military Displays
Military swords look beautiful while they're on display, but it’s vital that you take good care of them in order to preserve their beauty as well as their value if you ever plan on selling them later. Always use caution when cleaning and caring for swords, and make sure that you don't use them in ways for which they aren’t designed. While ceremonial blades are intended to be flexible and durable, they won't be able to stand up to blade-to-blade use.

Thank You

Posted by Devin on 11/27/2013 to Military Memorabilia
We thank our friends and relatives who have served in the military defending our freedom and rights, but for the vet, it’s not always easy returning home after service has ended, especially when the vet has been deployed to a war zone, or spent the whole of their career in service to the military. Civilian life can seem like another world, and sometimes words of thanks, while being our best shows of support, fall short of expressing the gratitude that we truly feel for our special vets.

Popular Military Collectors Items

Posted by Devin on 11/25/2013 to Military Displays
There are many genres of products that people enjoy collecting. Military items are found all over the world, and have significant history, so it comes as no surprise that these items are amongst the most collected in the world.

Ongoing Care and Maintenance of Military Swords

Posted by Devin on 11/22/2013 to Military Swords
During active duty, the various branches of the military bestow swords upon servicemembers as symbols of advancement in rank. After discharge, military swords remain symbols of a legacy of service. As such, it is important that you care for and maintain your military sword properly so that it continues to appropriately embody the spirit in which the military gave it.

Military Insignia, Part Two: Colors

Posted by Devin on 11/22/2013 to Military Displays
The use of colors in military insignia, unit crests and uniforms has a long and storied history, dating back to the earliest incarnations of military units. The ancient horse soldiers in Europe and Asia wore brightly colored scarves, hats and other articles of clothing as ways to distinguish one unit from another, as they were often moving much too quickly for smaller details to be recognized, but colors could be seen at virtually any speed.

Gift Ideas for Retired Military Officers

Posted by Devin on 11/20/2013 to Military Swords
On holidays and birthdays, it is important to purchase meaningful, thoughtful gifts, and for retired military officers this often poses a unique challenge. These men and women have served their country and deserve a special kind of gift, and military weapons and displays are gifts many retired military officers love.
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