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You have eome nihonto, do you bag em or rack them? Show them or tuck them away safely?

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So I collect many things. Mark twain 1st editions, variations of thinker statues, odd bits and bobs and I tend to decorate with them. I've got enough swords now that I have to ask myself.....bag em or rack them. I have seen some side discussions in my forum searches on people's rack choices but not many. Would love to see what other people have chosen! I've decided to purchase an older sword rack but still not sure if I will display them. Luckily this rack is collapsible! Anyone else go the rack route and want to share? I'll update with a photo once I receive it in the mail from Japan and populate it with my swords. This one holds five, I only had four so after purchasing one more sword last night I can fill it. Couldnt have one spot blank. Also just thought this rack and its portability was pretty neat.

 

Here are photos of it: https://ibb.co/album/mnrBBF

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I like to regularly study my swords, so glass display cases, and custom made Perspex stands. Each sword has an identification label that I can refer to my catalog. 

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I don't keep my stuff "on display." I put it away and enjoy "getting it out." 'Discovery' has always been my thing. I love it when people who have been in our house for a while say, "I thought you collected swords."

Peter

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So I collect many things. Mark twain 1st editions, variations of thinker statues, odd bits and bobs and I tend to decorate with them. I've got enough swords now that I have to ask myself.....bag em or rack them. I have seen some side discussions in my forum searches on people's rack choices but not many. Would love to see what other people have chosen! I've decided to purchase an older sword rack but still not sure if I will display them. Luckily this rack is collapsible! Anyone else go the rack route and want to share? I'll update with a photo once I receive it in the mail from Japan and populate it with my swords. This one holds five, I only had four so after purchasing one more sword last night I can fill it. Couldnt have one spot blank. Also just thought this rack and its portability was pretty neat.

 

Here are photos of it: https://ibb.co/album/mnrBBF

 

Personally I keep them oiled in a Shirasaya and on a rack so that rust is harder to form. I've read that keeping them in the bag, say inside a drawer or something, can lead to problems.

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I've read that keeping them in the bag, say inside a drawer or something, can lead to problems.

Not quite. The katanadansu is made specifically to store blades long-term. They are amazingly air-tight, & my blades have resided there for many years, with no sign of rust, although I do oil them regularly.

 

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Not quite. The katanadansu is made specifically to store blades long-term. They are amazingly air-tight, & my blades have resided there for many years, with no sign of rust, although I do oil them regularly.

 

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Nice! I assume that's antique?

 

I was referring to something more generic, like a sock and underwear drawer lol

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Hey, Bruce -- that's a good spot already. I like to stand mine up, too.   Maybe use a small rack and rotate them for show or study.

 

Neil -- Good looking collection, there.  Always enjoy seeing your fine specimens. Was surprised to see them with edges down.

 

Adam -- Better get another rack. You're just getting started.   Welcome to the madness. There is no cure.

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Haven't decided a better way to show mine yet! Have them in my Dad's old gun cabinet.

 

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Bruce,

 

I have always wondered where the HONJO MASAMUNE might be. Now I see that you store it with the other swords back lefthand! 

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Bruce,

I have always wondered where the HONJO MASAMUNE might be. Now I see that you store it with the other swords back lefthand!

 

Ah, it is good to meet another admirer of the master's work!!! Ha!

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 I have mine in home made racks. The collection ran away with me a bit, and I wanted them to be safe from falling over. Some are bagged, and some out on display.

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Storing sword vertically for a long time, especially when oiling them more generously, could lead to impregnation of the tip of the saya with oil. I have seen photos of shirasaya discoloured at the very bottom from too much oil.

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I prefer to keep things stored out of sight.

 

I don't like to leave anything delicate out on display and I find that if something is sitting out as a part of the decor, I get bored of it within a year or so and make plans to move it on.

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This is how I had mine stored up till a month ago. I am in the process of moving so all have been packed away for now. This picture is my living room. I will be making a dedicated room in the new home to put everything back up. I love having my collection out where I can appreciate it every time I walk by. You would be surprised how many times you notice something new about a old sword that you can look at. Thanks for looking.
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Haven't decided a better way to show mine yet! Have them in my Dad's old gun cabinet.

 

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I see that your best sword is in the Back, Bruce! :laughing:

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Looking for a quality 6 tier wall mount display, all I can find is cheap garbage.

 

Any recommendations?

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I had a floor stand made that has place for 8 blades. The stand allows the blades to be rotated so that each on catches the light well. I am attaching photos of one side rail and one insert that allows for rotation. Inserts are on only one side of the stand. I think that you can modify this to a wall rack. Any merchant that sells plastics should be able to make one of these. 

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Very creative, thanks for sharing! Looking for something a bit more premade thought :)

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