Important notice for our British and Japanese readers: current customs regulations mean it is very difficult to import a sword into the UK or Japan. Some of our suppliers do advertise that they can get a sword through those controls, but we do not guarantee it, and we recommend that UK and Japanese readers buy only from suppliers based within your own country.
Swords sold for belly dancing are usually blunt, but do check with the supplier - it will cost you to have it blunted if it arrives sharp!
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Buying a Belly Dance Sword
When I bought my first sword, I learned a few valuable lessons about how to buy a belly dance balancing sword.
I love the fact that my sword is a beautiful shiny chrome and comes in its own red velvet scabbard (see photo on the right). It's a straight, fine blade which looks sharp, even though it isn't - when I dance solo, I receive lots of compliments on it, because audiences are convinced it's real. It's heavy enough to balance well in a breeze, but not so heavy I can't do swordplay.
What don't I love about it?
Well, chrome is slippery, which makes it harder to balance. The straight, fine blade means my sword looks under-sized on stage, compared to the scimitars used by other members of my troupe. The loop handle means I can't twirl it. And the scabbard is pretty useless (apart from looking good on my wall), because if you store a sword in its scabbard it will rust.
So, in summary, my tips on how to buy a belly dance sword would be:
- check to see what size and style of sword the rest of your troupe or class uses, so you don't look out of place.
- avoid chrome, because although it looks great, it is slippery.
- Don't be afraid of a big sword, because on stage it will look much smaller.
- Avoid closed-in handles.
Featured image by Toast to Life