There are many people who collect things, some out of passion and love to those unique rare products or their historical worth, and others because of a search for some connection to the past. The knife and sword collectors are no less special then the things they collect, and usually the sword and knife collector will have a very deep passion and understanding of the articles he is collecting, their history, use in past time and importance in the development of swords and knifes.
Unfortunately the times when this passion could be perused quietly and this was usually conducted within a close international community who knew each other and heard of each other have passed, today, as with all other things, the is an increasing awareness to the value of swords and knifes and an even greater knowledge of the money the collectors will pay for them. Many factors make the collectors a new target on the antique and collectable markets, as the level of fake swords and knifes appeared on the market increases to a degree that is it almost impossible to spot a valuable piece.
Today the collector needs to learn more techniques that will help him or her avoid the heavy price of getting fooled and spending a lot of money on fake or replicas. The collector should learn and understand expert tricks to protect him and his hard earned money from those in the market who try and make an easy dollar on their expense.
The main part you should be concerned about is the blade, if you are looking to buy online you can start by looking at the available photos, try and examine them as closely as you can, you can always ask specifically for a closer picture, of a certain piece of the blade. Take your time when you are doing this because this is actually the most important feature of a sword, if need be try and ask to come and see the blade yourself, it will reduce the risk considerably. Always think about the cost and the value you attribute to the blade or sword and consider the cost of arriving at the shop or person to examine it.
If you suspect a flaw or a mark that increases the risk of damage of fake you should look at that part and examine it carefully. Never by something based on a sellers word or sweet talk, unless you are willing to risk being very disappointed when the sword gets to you and you spot its problems right away. It is true that sometimes you notice what seems to be a great opportunity on the internet and it is worth giving it a try, but I always recommend looking and examining the part as much as possible, especially if it’s a blade.
The second thing you should try and do is finding out the sellers background and his history, is this seller big on the market, did anyone recommend him and if he is known, you should do that to any kind of seller, shop or auction house, the internet can supply you with great answers to the questions you ask, try to ask in collectors internet sites or forums, or even send an email to some people you know and trust and ask them if you should go along and purchase something from this seller.