Fantastic gift options for a military retirement party

Posted by Devin on 2/11/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
When a military employee retires, it is a bitter sweet moment. Our military soldiers make unbelievable sacrifices to protect and serve the nation as well as all its residents. After working hard for years on end and spending little to no time with the family, retirement is often a sad time for many of them. Selecting a gift that truly means something to them is a great way of celebrating their career and everything they did for their country.

Different Types of Collectible Swords

Posted by Devin on 2/3/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
Whether you are an experienced sword collector or you are just beginning to build your collection, you will enjoy learning more about different types of collectible swords you might want to acquire. This short post will focus on four categories of collectible swords you might be interested in.

Choosing the Perfect Military Sword Gift

Posted by Devin on 1/31/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
Whether someone is in the market for a military sword or needs accessories for one he already owns, purchasing a military sword gift is a great way to show your support and prove that you care about his interests. Explore the wide variety of military sword gifts as you consider what to buy for your friend or family member.

The Early History of United States Military Edged Weapons Used in Combat

Posted by Devin on 1/28/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
Swords, knives, and other edged weapons have played a valuable role in the United States military since the Revolutionary War. Used for combat, utility, and uniforms, military swords and knives offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and tradition of the U.S. Armed Forces. The following is a brief look into the early story of U.S. edged weapons.

Military Swords You Will Want to Add to Your Sword Collection

Posted by Devin on 1/24/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
There are many military swords housed in private collections today. But even viewing the collection of a fellow military sword enthusiast is not the same as having your own collection you can always admire. There are many branches of the U.S. military, from the Armed Forces to the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, and the Coast Guard. You might want to collect a sample from each military branch, or focus your collecting on one branch alone.

How to Keep Your Knives and Swords in Excellent Shape

Posted by Devin on 1/23/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
Whether it is a high quality replica, an authentic battle weapon or antique, or a freshly out of the box new model, a collectible or utility edged weapon requires proper care. Even decorative knives and swords that sit on walls can deteriorate without proper care, and the same goes for those that sit in storage. Simply put, your knives and swords need a little—just a little—attention here and there.

Selecting the Best Military Sword Accessories

Posted by Devin on 1/22/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
When you are amassing a personally significant sword collection, you might be focused for awhile on assembling the pieces which hold most interest to you. But over time, as your collection grows, you may become interested in sword accessories. This short post will give you an overview of some of the most popular accessories.

Selecting the Best Military Sword Accessories

Posted by Devin on 1/21/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
When you are amassing a personally significant sword collection, you might be focused for awhile on assembling the pieces which hold most interest to you. But over time, as your collection grows, you may become interested in sword accessories. This short post will give you an overview of some of the most popular accessories.

Honor Your Home With a Military Sword Display

Posted by Devin on 1/4/2014 to U.S. Military Swords
Looking for a great gift for that special guy in your life? Decorative sword displays are a unique purchase that can be admired for years to come. Military themed displays are great for active members and those who once served in the military, as well as other folks who hold an appreciation for the work these brave men and women accomplish. These items will serve as a reminder of the honor and courage it takes to defend one's country.

How to Determine if a Military Sword is Authentic

Posted by Devin on 12/31/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
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.

Gift Giving for the Soldier

Posted by Devin on 12/20/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
There are many ways in which you can reward your troops as an officer or reward hard work after a long and trying inspection on base. You can offer Marines a variety of gifts but one of the most inspiring is a display unit for their sword. If they have one sword or two swords to display you can congratulate them with unique cases and stands. The same type of gift can be given at retirement parties for those who will no longer need to hang on to their swords or for those who are cross training into another field or another branch of the military.

Anatomy of a Sword

Posted by Devin on 11/25/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
While the sword used in today's military dress uniforms is designed strictly for ornamental purposes, it still represents a long and storied history of its role as the military man's primary weapon. Since the first recorded use of a firearm wasn't until the year 1364, swords, and the men who wielded them, dictated the results of battles for centuries. If you exclude the scabbard or the sword frog - a simpler form of early sword scabbard designed for use with different-sized swords - the sword or saber can be broken down into two primary areas, the hilt and the blade, each with its own characteristics and individual features.

The Best Displays for Standard Issue Service Weapons

Posted by Devin on 11/12/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
No piece of militaria better personifies a particular time in the history of an armed service than a standard issue service weapon. From the M1 Garand of World War II to the Beretta M9 pistol of the Gulf War and beyond, these weapons are invariably prized possessions. To best show off and protect your prized service weapons, look for a quality display.

An Inside Look at the Different Swords of the U.S. Military Branches

Posted by Devin on 11/8/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
U.S. Military swords and sabers are noble accessories that are commonly used in ceremonies such as weddings. Although the military now uses various advanced weapons and firearms, the traditional sword is a piece of the country's rich heritage which still has its place with officers and chief petty officers. The U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force each have their own unique sword that is built, worn and used according to strict government regulations.

The Long and Short of It: Military Sword Lengths and Why They Were Used

Posted by Devin on 11/5/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Military sword lengths are cut to government specifications. These sword lengths include 28-inch, 30-inch, 32-inch and 34-inch lengths. Military sword lengths are not chosen arbitrarily; instead, they have a long history going back to the early days of the United States when the nation's military regularly used swords in hand-to-hand combat.

Military Swords for Marine Gifts

Posted by Devin on 11/2/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
The modern U.S. Marine Corps uses advanced technology and firearms, but it still holds a place for the tradition of the military sword. Swords and sabers make excellent gifts due to their intricate designs and the top-quality metals that make up their blades, grips and hand guards. Many online retailers allow you to personalize your Marine sword with unique engravings on the blade and scabbard.

Types of Marine Corps Swords

Posted by Devin on 11/1/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Military sword enthusiasts know that there are essentially two varieties of Marine Corps swords: those awarded to commissioned officers and those earned by non-commissioned officers. If you are purchasing a sword for an active Marine, you must abide by the specifications set forth by the Marine Corps. For the most part, this means purchasing the weapon from an approved manufacturer that is certified and contracted by the Corps.

Care and Maintenance Tips for Your Collectible Swords, Knives and Other Blades

Posted by Devin on 10/31/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
People all over the world collect swords, knives and other blades ranging from a $5 pocket knife to a $400,000 Japanese samurai sword. Each piece in a collection represents money spent, a piece of history and sentimental ties to how or where the blade was acquired. You certainly want to maintain your knives and swords in peak condition. This is easy to do with a few simple tools and a small time commitment.

Top Ways to Display Swords

Posted by Devin on 10/29/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
If you have more than one sword, there are a handful of popular display methods you can use. The first display method crosses the two swords in the center so that each start at a different end and point toward the sky meeting in the middle. In this case the handles are mounted to the bottom of the display. This display is a stand alone display with a base large enough to rest on a desk in an office or elsewhere in the home such as over a fireplace or on the mantel.

Letter Openers - Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Veterans

Posted by Devin on 10/14/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Many military veterans have different collectible items, and many of these collectible items lay around gathering dust or taking up space in storage areas of the home. They have no day-to-day use, except to serve as reminders of former military service. Finding a gift that has another use, in addition to reflecting someone's military standing as a veteran, is not always an easy task. However, we have the perfect gift for the veteran on your shopping list, regardless of which military branch that he or she served in.

History of the V-42 Stiletto

Posted by Devin on 9/2/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
The V-42 “Force Knife” was a combat knife issued to the U. S. First Special Service Force during World War II. The FSSF was a joint US/Canadian top secret service force created under the auspices of the Commander in Chief.

Why You Should Buy Marine Letter Opener

Posted by Devin on 8/31/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Mementoes of precious memories can be few indeed. A memento can help recall any number of memories, ranging from small moments shared with friends to major turning points in a person’s life. It can help if the item in question is symbolic of the event in question. For those with a military origin or with an interest in military history, a commemorative Marine letter opener may be the perfect memento for any number of reasons, such as graduation from basic training to a celebration of twenty years of friendship.

How a Gun Case for a Veteran is The Perfect Gift

Posted by Devin on 8/30/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Veterans are some of the most respected people of our great country. As they well deserve to be. Giving up years of their lives to serve and protect. A lot of them risk their lives and some do not make it back to their families. All veterans should be celebrated and we need to continue to find new ways to celebrate the great veterans of our country. A gift is a small token of gratitude and can mean a lot to someone. There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a gift for a veteran but a gun case would be the perfect gift.

Cutting Through History

Posted by Melissa on 6/15/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Swords have been around ever since civilizations began to mine and work metal. The earliest swords were made of copper from the copper mines in Egypt. It wasn't until later on in history, during the Middle Ages, that swords were used for military usage. During this time period, the sword was used as the weapon most preferred by the knights who would wear armor.

The Significance of Military Swords

Posted by Carlos on 6/11/2013 to U.S. Military Swords
Even though the military swords of today don’t see the kind of hand-to-hand combat that make swords a revered part of military history worldwide, they still serve a very significant purpose. Because swords have developed their own styles and names for each branch of military service, they have become an important part of a military officers uniform. Though they are no longer considered a significant weapon, they signify the strength, training and discipline that come with the uniform. That is why each branch of the military has their own specific design.