Identifying a True Battle Ready Sword
Posted by SwordsSwords on May 3rd 2018
There are so many people out there with the misconception of what battle-ready really means. In simple words, a battle ready sword is forged in the same manner as they were in history, and these can be used as a real weapon, as well as a decorative display piece. However, even if a sword is called battle-ready, it does not mean that it can take the abuse one want to dish out on it! Just be careful there mate! With so many online stores and merchants, there is no knowing if what you are buying is a true battle ready sword or just a spoof. Hence, before you go around throwing away your hard earned money on a so-called “battle ready” sword, you need to know a few things. If you do not understand few of these matters, you will not be able to differentiate the functional swords from a spoof. So let’s get down to business!
Steel & TemperingYou must have seen those really shiny and gleaming swords online, those are usually made from stainless steel. But be warned, anything made from stainless steel is not a real sword, but just a decorative one. Even if a stainless steel sword takes less maintenance, they are fragile and break easily. Hence, not strong enough to take the harsh treatment the swords used to take in the middle ages.
SteelHere is the deal, real swords are made from Carbon Steel. The most common battle ready swords forged from carbon steel are made from AISI 10xx and AISI 5160.
- The AISI 10xx is a great choice for swords, especially the Japanese Swords. It contains iron, carbon, and manganese. The last two digits of this category tell the percentage of carbon present in it.
- The AISI 5160 is considered to the best material for swords. It contains low chromium and silicon content, which helps the sword in being much stronger and durable.