The wall hangers are united cutlery lord of the rings replicas that are neat and look good on the wall. They remind me of my favorite books and the noble lessons contained therein. They serve no purpose but to alight the imagination. The battle ready swords are for display and cutting. I've been a massive fan of Viking culture since before the shows of the last decade made it very popular. I cut bottles, branches etc. We have woods and sometimes hike with swords. We throw hedge apples at each other and slice them out of the air. Holding a well made sword is a connection to warrior culture and to history. I am a student of history. I've never reached for a blade when hearing a bump in the night. There are better modern tools for that. I did for a time keep a cold steel gladius machete near to hand. Why? It's perfect for the tight confines of a home. It's fast to hand and always ready. Give them the point, and it's all point. It's well made, cuts like a champ, and was about 20 bucks at the time. Made in south Africa. I highly recommend it, it's from thick stock and handles much more like a munitions grade sword. Much of my collection is from windlass, through Kult of Athena or museum replicas. They use thinner stock so they usually cut well. Many models are made with peened over construction and hold up well. Good carbon steel that takes and holds an edge, and excellent flex and return to true. These are usually under 200 and are pretty good. They have deal of the day etc. I recommend : Ulfberet sword Arbedo I use them as mentioned for cutting etc. The US issued a gladius type sword in the civil war I believe, and of course the saber. They are kept in a spare room. I guess if someone broke in and I was standing next to one, I'd go for that as it would be fast to hand and I've got a few decades using them all against various mediums. Otherwise, yes, repeating arms one has trained with has minimized using them in battle. As pointed out it doesn't make them less deadly.