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This past month and a half has been hectic to say the least for my family as we found our dream home, sold our old place, worked through some renovations/upgrades and a lot of refurnishing all while work remained busy and daycare remained closed! We are not quite settled completely but getting close currently working on getting everything hung. Today im working on the office, see preliminary pictures below. Parts of the collection are out for work or stuck in transit, while others are hung else ware in the house, but I would love to see how everyone else displays their collections to get some ideas. Thanks!

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I display everything Japanese style: In the drawers of a TANSU. Sometimes I have one single TSUBA out on a stand for a short while. 

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Those cases are beautiful Daniel, especially the ones with the 3 sides of glass.  I have looked at them a few times but quite pricey. Perhaps in time I may pick up one of the cheaper ones.

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I don't have a good way to display anything yet, but I intend to make a wall-mounted rack like yours Mike.  I love the torii on top, beautiful!  What kind of wood is it made of?  I love the idea of framed pictures of the naked blades.  I am curious if there's a name for that style of photography, I see it on all the vendor sites and here of course.  

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Its a soft wood, not sure what it is but nothing special.

 

Allan Lee McKelvy is the artist and they are prints of his hand painted oshigata. I buy directly from him on FB but you can also purchase at Fine art America below. I custom order my frames from Art to Frames too.

 

https://fineartamerica.com/shop/metal+prints/allan+lee

 

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The bottom sword doesn't rest ther it was out to show the sori...it has its own stand

 

 

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Custom case with dehumidifier and locked glass front doors - over blade LED lights and I can sit and look at them all day !! 

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I have ambitions of display but currently they rest in sword bags next to my closet and laundry hamper.  I really need an office room as our extra room currently has become my fiancee's walk in closet.  Cant display them in the rest of the house as my pets would probably get to them.  I bought an old collapsible stand for the day when I can but sadly (or happily) ive gotten too many swords that I need to buy a second one.  Also have an armor display but I can't put that up either as it would dominate the living room or rec room and that same pet issue.  Going to be buying a larger house in the next year or so and my eye will be on the room to finally give it all a home.   I set it up like this though when I take them out to clean.  Best I can do.

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Stephen, nothing like a VHS fire to relax after a long day.  Also your tsuba display set up is pure class.  I like that your display looks artistic and almost blend in to the surroundings.   When I do set things up people will have to do a double take to fully notice its there.  The armor set up might be a bit harder to do that with.  Will also have this nearby.  The paintings not for everybody but I like it.

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My collection is a result of search and discovery so I really enjoy "finding" my swords when I get them out. As I result I keep very little of my Japanese stuff out and visible. I remember with pride when I visitor to our home, after looking around said, "I thought you collected Japanese swords." Now if I could only figure out how to store rapiers!

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Adam, I love the TV in the fireplace...with the virtual fire burning! Ha!

 

I currently don't have the space to display...in an apartment with roomates. Also, always worried about theft. I keep mine locked up in the gun cabinet. 

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On 9/20/2020 at 2:54 PM, Peter Bleed said:

Now if I could only figure out how to store rapiers!

I'll second that, Peter! My fencing blades have been a topic of pointed conversation for quite a few years. My wife trains with me in all the other weapons arts, so she doesn't complain about Japanese blades, but I can't say the same about the many foils, sabers, epees, & rapiers I've accumulated over 69 years of fencing! Nice rapier collection, by the way.

 

And that's a very-nice tansu setup, Chris!

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