Read about all things sword related here at the True Swords blog. Whether you want to know learn the history of modern katana, or how medieval swords were forged, you can learn about it here! We'll keep you up to date on all the new blades from the best sword makers like Shinwa, Musashi and even Cold Steel. There will be humor, learning and even awesome cutting demonstration videos and photos. Bookmark this page to always get the latest scoop on everything sword related.


The Top Functional Swords of 2016

Date Published: 2016-04-05

By Adelia Ladson We’re excited here about our selection of new swords that have been coming in for 2016. There are so many incredible swords from katanas and wakizashis to cosplay and medieval swords. Here, at True Swords, w... read more



The Top Five Mistakes People Make
When Buying a Sword

Date Published: 2016-02-10

By Adelia Ladson Buying a sword is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You are investing in either a beautifully crafted weapon, a stunning display piece or a head-turning cosplay accessory. Those are some... read more



Which "The Lord of the Rings" Weapon
Should You Carry?

Date Published: 2016-02-08

By Adelia Ladson There are some seriously incredible weapons in "The Lord of the Rings." Each of the weapons exactly fits the character who wields it. However, there are three weapons that seem to be the most popular for peo... read more



Who Used it Better?

Date Published: 2016-02-01

By Adelia Ladson There are a lot of great movie scenes out there with weapon fights between characters. They make action movies exciting and some of the fights are really incredible. I was thinking about some of my favorite ... read more



Ten Rules of Cosplay Etiquette

Date Published: 2016-01-27

By Adelia Ladson Cosplay events can be exciting, fun and just a great way to spend a couple of days or so, whether you're a participant or guest. Sometimes all the excitement can be a little overwhelming, causing us to forge... read more



Get Your Steampunk On!

Date Published: 2016-01-21

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery.            -Wikipedia ... read more



The Top Six CSGO Karambit Skins

Date Published: 2016-01-18

By Adelia Ladson Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has continued to rise in popularity with gamers since it exploded onto the scene in 2012. Exciting new weapons and equipment were added in this new installment of the ... read more



Top Sword Predictions for 2016

Date Published: 2016-01-08

By Adelia Ladson I’ve been looking around our warehouse and our website, here, at the end of the year, and it really made me excited thinking about the New Year and what it would bring. We have so many incredible swords, now... read more



What's Your Sword IQ?

Date Published: 2016-01-03

By Adelia Ladson Swords are incredible weapons, collector's items and historical artifacts. They come in all shapes and sizes, based on the era and part of the world they're from. I believe when man first picked up a sword, ... read more



Top Five Swords to Slay a Dragon

Date Published: 2015-12-28

By Adelia Ladson Do you need to slay a dragon? If you do, you need to have a sword that you can count on to get the job done. It needs to feel balanced in your hand when you’re wielding it and have a comfortable and secure f... read more



Are You Aligned With the Empire or the Rebellion?

Date Published: 2015-12-21

By Adelia Ladson Is Darth Vader, the Dark Lord, your hero and mentor or is it Luke Skywalker, the Rebel hero, who you feel more akin to? The Galaxy is divided into two sides so you have to choose a side. Which side do you c... read more



Five Funny Cosplay Fails

Date Published: 2015-12-04

By Adelia Ladson There’s good cosplay and there’s bad cosplay. When it’s done correctly, dressing in costume to pay tribute to a favorite fictional character can be really cool. I’ve seen some incredible costumes out there t... read more



What the #$!%!@ is Clay Tempering?

Date Published: 2015-12-03

By Adelia Ladson Some of you out there may not know what it means when the description of one of our swords says that it has been “clay tempered.” I didn’t know either, when I first started. I mean it could have meant, as fa... read more



Ten Things Bleach Fans Can't Live Without

Date Published: 2015-11-17

By Adelia Ladson If you’re a hardcore Bleach fan there are just certain things you can’t live without. Here is our list of the top ten: 1. Tite Kubo The no-brainer number one on the list is Tite Kubo (author and artist) be... read more



Sun Tzu's Art of War is Still Relevant

Date Published: 2015-11-05

By Adelia Ladson Few books have stood the test of centuries and have remained as relevant as “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Written by the Chinese general as a treatise on military strategy, it’s still studied and put in to pr... read more



Top Five Gift Ideas for Sword Lovers

Date Published: 2015-11-01

By Adelia Ladson With the holidays approaching it’s time to start thinking about gifts. You want to get that perfect present for each of your loved ones and friends. If you have a sword lover in your family, let us make it ... read more



Seven Life-Saving Sword Stories

Date Published: 2015-10-27

By Adelia Ladson Now, I do not advocate using a sword as your primary home defense. The reality is that a gun has a better range and is, most of the time, quicker. I’ve also heard that, when it comes to a would-be burglar at... read more



Musashi Himself Would Carry These Swords

Date Published: 2015-10-20

By Adelia Ladson Miyamoto Musashi built and left an incredible legacy in the art of swordsmanship. Much of his knowledge he imparted in his “The Book of Five Rings,” which is still required reading in many martial arts schoo... read more



You Need to Train with a Bokken

Date Published: 2015-10-08

By Adelia Ladson I know that “I’m preaching to the choir” to a majority of you on this subject but I also know that there are still quite a few of you out there who really need to read this and take note. So, you bought tha... read more



Seven Things Not to Do with Your Katana

Date Published: 2015-10-02

By Adelia Ladson When you spend your hard-earned money on something, generally, you take care of it and use it properly. You respect its value and consider it an investment, especially if it is a higher price rang... read more



Vampires Check this Out!

Date Published: 2015-07-06

By Adelia Ladson Any Vampires out there looking for unique gifts to give or keep? Don’t despair, we have a variety of things to choose from that you will find complimentary to your nocturnal lifestyle. We’ve been told by our ... read more



Don't Fear the Grim Reaper

Date Published: 2015-07-01

By Adelia Ladson The Grim Reaper as an iconic image and character has lived in popular culture for time out of mind. This image of death is depicted in art, in music and in film. If you mention “The Grim Reaper” to someone,... read more



Reproductions Worthy of Your Castle

Date Published: 2015-06-28

By Adelia Ladson The days of knights and damsels may be gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t still commemorate them in your home. Adding a Medieval touch here and there can inspire interesting conversation when guests visit a... read more



Are You a Hobbit or an Orc?

Date Published: 2015-06-01

By Adelia Ladson I know that this is a question that you’ve asked yourself and wondered, “Am I a Hobbit or an Orc?” No fear. I’m going to give you some guidelines to go by to make that decision. You can finally answer this im... read more



Did You Know That We Engrave our Knives?

Date Published: 2015-05-30

By Adelia Ladson You may not know this but here at True Swords, we offer engraving on some of our items. We do it right here in our facility, so, there’s no extra wait time on receiving your item. You should definitely consid... read more



The Top Five Video Games of All Time

Date Published: 2015-05-28

By Adelia Ladson After pouring through dozens of websites with top video game lists, I have come to the conclusion that these are the Top Five Video Games of all times. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time T... read more



You Need to Get a Sword and Knife Sharpener

Date Published: 2015-05-27

By Adelia Ladson Buying any item with a blade, whether it’s a knife, an axe or a sword, is an investment. Taking care of and maintaining your blade will ensure that you get the most out of your investment. A knife will serve ... read more



Check Us Out on Social Media

Date Published: 2015-05-27

By Adelia Ladson If you really want to be in the know on what we’ve got going on over here at True Swords, then you need to go and check out our social media sites. Find us on Face Book at Face Book and give ... read more



Will Video Games Eventually Kill Board Games?

Date Published: 2015-05-26

By Adelia Ladson Decades ago, now, video games made their appearance in popular culture, giving the centuries-old tradition of playing board games a run for their money. In the late Seventies, somewhere between the neon light... read more



The Legend of Zelda is a Classic

Date Published: 2015-05-22

By Adelia Ladson Released in North America by Nintendo in 1987, “The Legend of Zelda” has become an American classic that has entertained generations of children and adults alike – me and my brother included. I can still re... read more



How to Carry a Katana on Your Back

Date Published: 2015-05-20

By Adelia Ladson Traditionally, the Samurai class carried their katanas at their sides, held in place by their obis (sashes). The Samurai were all about presentation and their weapons were included in that. They were as muc... read more



How to Buy A Samurai Sword

Date Published: 2015-05-18

By Adelia Ladson Here’s just a little bit of history about the Samurai, first, before I talk about making your sword purchase. The Samurai were an aristocratic warrior class in feudal Japan. They actually carried two swords... read more



Displaying Your Sword

Date Published: 2015-05-15

By Adelia Ladson Based on what kind of space you have, there are a couple of ways to display your sword or swords. You can display them with a freestanding display system or a wall-mounted display system. Both kinds of stan... read more



How to Throw a Knife

Date Published: 2015-05-13

By Adelia Ladson Knife throwing is an age-old pastime both as recreation and as friendly competition that has brought hours of fun to friends and families. It has become a worldwide sport with associations that sponsor comp... read more



How to Clean a Samurai Sword

Date Published: 2015-05-13

By Adelia Ladson This is a complete sword cleaning kit. This is a complete sword cleaning kit. If you have invested your time and money in choosing and purchasing the beautiful Samurai Sword, of your dreams, the... read more



What is an OTF Knife

Date Published: 2015-05-05

By Adelia Ladson For those of you who might not know, when you see a knife listed as an OTF, it stands for "out-the-front" and means that it is a knife with a blade that extends straight from the handle. The important thing ... read more



Types of Blade Points

Date Published: 2015-05-04

By Adelia Ladson If you've been looking for a knife and you are not a collector or connoisseur you may not know the difference between the different blade points that are available to you. When purchasing a knife, this is so... read more



Our Favorite Super Heroes

Date Published: 2015-05-04

By Adelia Ladson Super Heroes have been a part of our lives since we were kids and picked up that first comic book or saw that first action-packed cartoon or live-action movie. We love them because, in a way, we want to be l... read more



Putting Together the Perfect Suit of Armor

Date Published: 2015-05-02

By Adelia Ladson If you really want to look impressive and authentic when participating in a Medieval cosplay event, than you should consider putting together the right collection of armor to wear. The right costuming not on... read more



What is the Difference Between Anime and Manga?

Date Published: 2015-04-30

By Adelia Ladson As any connoisseur will tell you there is a big difference between Anime and Manga and don't make the mistake of getting them confused. According to Wikipedia, Anime is "a term used to refer to Japanese anim... read more



In a Fight, Who Would Win? Worf or Jon Snow

Date Published: 2015-04-29

By Adelia Ladson I love epic battles in movies, television or on the pages of comic books. Nothing is more exciting than two competitors fighting to the death with or without weapons causing major damage to buildings, street... read more



Know Your Types of Swords

Date Published: 2015-04-27

By Adelia Ladson Swords have slashed and thrust their way through centuries, shaping history through battles and single combat. Developing from the dagger during the Bronze Age, they have continued to change and evolve into ... read more



Types of Blade Steel

Date Published: 2015-04-27

By Adelia Ladson When choosing a blade, consider the purpose you need it for and the tasks you need it to perform. Blades are made of steel but there is a variety of different "recipes" to the way the ingredients of steel ar... read more



A Katana is the Best Weapon Against a Vampire

Date Published: 2015-04-25

By Adelia Ladson I read a blog the other day that took a strong stance that whatever "The Walking Dead" may portray, a katana is not the best weapon against zombies. So, it got me thinking, "What monster is the best target f... read more



Damascus Steel

Date Published: 2015-04-23

History of Damascus Steel The production of Damascus steel can be traced thousands of years ago to the country of India. To this day, no one knows the exact elements and heat components that ancient swordsmiths... read more



Villains Have the Best Weapons

Date Published: 2015-04-20

By Adelia Ladson You got to love a great villain because if it wasn't for them the heroes would have no purpose in life. Along with those villains goes their weapon of choice, which is usually just as badass as they are. Her... read more



United Cutlery Brings TolKien Weapons to Life

Date Published: 2015-04-17

By Casey Tate Orcrist drawings and renderings. Orcrist drawings and renderings. Over the course of the past two decades, United Cutlery has brought to life a well-loved story, in vivid detail, by manufacturing an ... read more



Discreet Self-Defense is Important

Date Published: 2015-04-16

By Adelia Ladson As a woman, self-defense is very important to me because, in society, personal attacks on women are still more prevalent than on men. This is never going to change. The most important thing is to be ready an... read more



Top Ten Movie Swords

Date Published: 2015-04-15

By Adelia Ladson Listen up all of you sword collectors out there! True Swords has gathered together some of the most exceptional movie replica swords that you will ever see in one location. You will not find the variety in s... read more



Here Are Some Creative Uses for Ninja Throwing Stars

Date Published: 2015-04-14

By Adelia Ladson We all know that throwing stars were an important weapon in a ninja's arsenal but I believe that their value is totally underestimated, as I have found a variety of uses for them apart from taking down a bad... read more



Ninja Weapons and Tools of the Trade

Date Published: 2015-04-11

By Adelia Ladson Images like this one portray the ninja as dressing in all-black. Images like this one portray the ninja as dressing in all-black. During the 15th century in feudal Japan, the ninja became a primar... read more



Sword Canes: You Need to Own One

Date Published: 2015-04-10

By Adelia Ladson The sword cane or swordstick , as it has been called in the past, really became a popular fashion accessory for gentlemen during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. This was because it was becoming polit... read more



Why Own a Handmade Sword: Benefits of Hand Crafted Weapons

Date Published: 2015-04-08

Sure, we love swords! We love playing with them, cutting stuff up, and plain old putting them up on the display shelf. Through movies and TV shows, we have seen hero-brandishing swords in epic duels carried out in spectacula... read more



Ten Cool Swords You Wished You Owned

Date Published: 2015-04-07

You've finally got your own place (well...renting counts). It's newish and awesome and all yours. You realize you have no furniture. “What's the best thing I can get to make my home look awesome!?” you ask yourself. “A sword!... read more



Why 'Bleach' is the Best Anime Ever

Date Published: 2015-04-06

“Bleach” is fantastic. You, smartass that you are, probably guessed I'd say something like that based on the title! Hang on a second, you think to yourself, what makes “Bleach” so special? I mean... It's alright, but the best... read more



Top 10 reasons You Know You Are an Anime Fan

Date Published: 2015-04-04

If you do any of these things on a regular basis then chances are you like anime...a lot. Anime captures the imagination of thousands of people across the world. Anime captures the imagination of thousands of people a... read more



Zippo is an American Icon

Date Published: 2015-04-03

By Adelia Ladson Take out your Zippo and really look at it. (If you don't have one, this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself.) Do you realize that you are holding an American icon in your hand? The Vietnam Era Zipp... read more



The Top Five Swords

Date Published: 2015-04-03

Nobody knows swords like True Swords, and we are proud to be the premier retailer of the world’s best selection of top-quality swords. We like any sword we can get our hands on, but there are a few sword makers that stand out... read more



Top Weapons to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Date Published: 2015-03-10

When faced with imminent danger, our brains have two default reactions: fight or flight. The ultimate goal is survival and longevity. All bets are off when an army of zombies overrun your neighborhood; in that scenario we hav... read more



How to Use a Tactical Tomahawk Axe

Date Published: 2015-03-09

Being a versatile tool, the tomahawk axe has been consistently used for self-defense, warfare, camping, excavation and other utility applications. To appreciate and understand how to use a tactical Tomahawk Axe it is imperati... read more



Top 5 Weapons from Sword Art Online

Date Published: 2015-03-04

Kirito and Asuna Kirito and Asuna You wake up one morning and instead of being in your bed, you are standing at the base of Aincrad. The only way to make it back home is to fight your way through... Sound familiar? Li... read more



How To Hunt With A Spear

Date Published: 2015-02-25

Straight off the bat, the spear has been man’s best friend for centuries! Well, maybe the spear and man’s canine companion. However, man has used the spear for as long as half a million years. Earliest usage of the spear can ... read more



Wakizashi Sword History

Date Published: 2015-02-24

Japanese samurai shown wearing Wakizashi swords. Japanese samurai shown wearing Wakizashi swords. Traditionally carried by the samurai class of feudal Japan, the wakizashi has a long history and noteworthy presence in ... read more