Since gun-geeks have their own club, I thought we could make a thread about swords as well.
The sword in my collection that I like best is a replica of Hadhafang, the sword used by Elendil's line in the Lord of the Rings movies (yes, I used to be a LotR fan once). The replica that I have would be quite useless in proper combat, but it has such a graceful shape that it wouldn't be shameful at all for it to remain solely as decoration.
The other replica that I have is of a gladius. It is not of the highest quality - it has a plastic hilt - but when you wield it you can easily imagine how suited it must have been for mechanical thrusting and slashing at the enemy from behind a scutum and in-between a rank of disciplined legionnaires. The gladius that I have has an eagle engraved on one side of the cross-guard and the wolf of Rome with the suckling Romolo and Remo on the other side.
I almost forgot about the three Japanese replicas that I have. They are a tanto, wakizashi and katana (I think they're called like this) of the same make - red sheath and hilt with a dragon engraved on the metal pommel. These turned out to be cheap replicas as well: the wakizashi's blade is wobbly and the string wrapped around the hilt of the other two is coming loose, so I don't even display two of them. However, I have held in my hands a true katana, and I can tell you that, even though I am no sword expert, that sword felt like the highest form of bladed weapons existing.
The last replica that I have is a small knife from Thailand. It's one of those tourist souvenirs, but its still nicely-decorated enough to hang on a wall.
I also have the two Force FX lightsabers of Darth Maul, but those aren't very interesting.
Hanged together with Hadhafang and the gladius I have my father's saber, that he used (or more probably just wore) during military service. It has a simple basket hilt and a gold tassel; the blade on the other hand is very nicely decorated, with the coat of arms of the Italian Republic in the middle. I think the edges of the blade were once meant to be sharp, but now only the point is so.
The last three in my collection could almost be called antiques. The first is a very heavy curved dagger, with bronze pommel and sheath. The pommel is in the shape of a lion's head, while the hilt itself is black with five gold stars set into it. On the sheath is carved a warrior wielding two curved scimitars and below it an antelope-like animal, all surrounded by flowers and vines. I think this one comes from Thailand, but it's most surely not a tourist souvenir.
The second is a straight single-edged dagger (still umbelievably sharp despite its age) with a leather sheath. The hilt is engraved wood wrapped half-way along its length by copper wire. The blade has three 'suns' engraved on it. I don't know where this one comes from exactly, only that it was brought by my granmother's brother from the East.
The third is a Malaysian kris, with wooden hilt and a metal sheath engraved very intricately with vines and leafs. I have always felt its serpentine blade (rusted but still sharp) to feel almost wicked. I imagine that the Malaysian pirates used these weapons as much to scare their victims as to rip open their flesh.
I've heard of a few other brethren that have swords, so it would be interesting to hear what you have (but please, don't describe your mother's kitchen knives, no matter how many times they have cruelly cut your fingers)