Sword Forum International
Sword Forum International is an information website, dedicated to the collection of vintage and antique swords. The website contains contributions from collectors, scholars, sword makers, metallurgists, practitioners, blacksmiths, and many more.
Its motto is, “Educate, Enlighten, Enhance and Equip.”
Sword Forum International has the following objective:
“We believe in fostering a sense of international unity through the appreciation of the development of arms and armour developed through the ages by different ethnicities, as well as inspiring good moral values through education.”
According to the website, it was founded in 1998 in order to provide information on and host discussion about the collection of swords from a variety of time periods and cultures.
The website is a non-profit organisation and is primarily maintained by the collectors and enthusiasts it serves.
Sword Forum International is divided into a number of departments which detail the history and development of different types of sword.
Antique and Military Swords
This department contains articles on various subjects relating to antique and military swords; these include cavalry combat and the sword, conserving antique swords, the Kukri, and characteristics of the rapier.
Historical European Swordsmanship
This section contains an article on the weapons and fighting methods of the Highland Scots.
Under this category, articles are included which discuss two important figures in Japanese sword history – Katsu Kaishu and Sakamoto Ryoma.
Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship
This department includes a preview of an upcoming book on Chinese swordsmanship.
Movies, Television and Entertainment
This section contains an interview relating to swords used in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films.
Sword Forum Magazine Online
The website also publishes an electronic magazine, which according to the website, is read in over 60 different countries.
The online museum contains a number of exhibits relating to vintage and antique swords.
These include a set of Japanese woodblock prints dating from the 19th Century, several artefacts from the British Museum and Tower of London, and Samurai Armour.
Sword Forum University
The website also runs a project entitled ‘Sword Forum University’ – an informal educational database of materials on sword collection and maintenance.
As part of the project, it is hoped that the website can eventually run classes on sword-making.
Sword Forum International also has an extensive forum, with discussion covering subjects including antique arms and armour; modern-era swords and collecting; blade smiths, blacksmiths, artisans and professionals; and swordsmanship.
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