Determining if a military sword is authentic requires knowledge and attention to detail. The United States government certifies each military sword produced. This certificate of authenticity accompanies each approved saber. Reputable sellers will know this fact, readily offer the documentation and price the item accordingly. If a sword's authenticity is questionable, look to the details of the sword.
Military swords are designed to be fighting weapons and need strength to be durable in battle. Genuine military swords are made of carbon steel. This is a much stronger material than stainless steel. Many replicas use stainless.
Added vital durability for authentic military swords also comes from the blade being heat treated. Simply bend the blade of the sword. You will know if your sword has been heat treated when the blade is not overly soft or extremely brittle.
To classify a military sword as official, the tang, or handle portion of the sword that connects to the blade, must be a full tang. The full tang runs the full length of the handle grip. This authentic characteristic is often lacking in replicas.
The handle screws and metal color distinguish a true military sword from fakes. Fine craftsmanship displays end cap nuts and polished sheen. Detailed branch-specific handle grips complete the authenticity.
Using your knowledge of military swords, coupled with a keen eye, guarantees you are able to determine a saber's authenticity. Visual inspection of a fake sword may find misspelled etching, non-specific branch detail, poor craftsmanship, inappropriate materials or the wrong construction methods. Further examination may reveal no certificate of authenticity.
Posted by Devin on 12/31/2013
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