Although most sword collectors like their pieces to be pristine, there are many others who prefer swords that appear well used, or that have the look of centuries old historical artifacts. Whatever your preference, it all comes down to aesthetics and how the weapon is going to be enjoyed and used. Some collectors mostly intend to display their sword collection and get most of their enjoyment from the beauty of their pieces. These folks tend to maintain their swords in like-new condition. Others, such as historical re-enactors and entertainment users, prefer their swords to have a patina that suggests it has being used on a daily basis. Finally, there are connoisseurs who love the look of aged historical artifacts but aren't able to find an original that fits their aesthetics and budget.
A two Handed Sword done with a rustic finish.
In order to produce high quality swords that look like historical originals you need to understand those originals. Due to our partnership with the Oakeshott Institute we have access to dozens of historical swords that were collected by Ewart Oakeshott over the course of his career as one of the world's foremost authorities on European medieval weapons. Below is a 3D model that we created of one of these swords, which also happens to be one that we reproduce as the Schloss Erbach Sword.