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Antique swords are a symbol of japanese culture

Antique Swords Are a Symbol of Japanese Culture

The antique swords of the once celebrated samurai are considered a symbol of Japanese culture. Interest is peaked around the world when you mention the words Samurai swords. Collectors come from the four corners of the earth to examine and discuss these swords of splendor.

Samurai antique swords range from simple designs made of iron to ceremonial sets embellished with gold, silver and copper. They range in price from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand dollars apiece.

How much a collector will pay for antique swords is determined by the quality of the craftsmanship and how well it has been preserved. If there is a famous story, known history or a famous owner that is attached to the sword the value will continue to climb.

These antique swords are impressive works of art, and a continued curiosity seems to build around them. The glory of the Samurai was his sword and his armor. His sword was considered his soul and was held in high spiritual esteem.

In the beginning of Japan’s feudal times, pre-20th century, Japanese warlords equipped their armies with razor sharp swords and fancy sword fittings. The samurai evolved from being primitive fighters into having an invincible fearsome military reputation. These antique swords embodied the steel discipline, undying devotion and the supreme skill of the samurai. They were said to be superior to that of all others.

The samurai wore their swords as a status symbol during times of peace. As women wear their jewelry today so did the samurai wear his sword. Wealth, class, prestige and honor were represented by the wearing of the samurai sword. Although, in the quest for modernization the wearing of swords in public was banned in 1876.

The samurai sword has been glamorized with the existence of movies like “The Last Samurai” or the combat influences they had in “Star Wars”. People today know these swords by the action that is portrayed in these movies and not their intricate details of design.

These prestigious antique swords are a symbol of the spirit of ancient Japan. The elegant detailed craftsmanship and exotic history of these beautiful swords will always intrigue and mesmerize us for years to come.

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