Do Pawn Shops Buy Swords

Brian McCracken


A lot of people have asked me if pawn shops will buy swords. If you are asking yourself the same thing, then this is the article that you will want to read.

The Dependence on the Pawnbroker

First, it depends on the pawnbroker in question. Pawn shops operate independently, unlike large retail chains. Therefore, each pawnbroker has the autonomy to decide what items they are comfortable dealing with. Some pawnbrokers may not be interested in weapons of any kind, which means they won’t accept swords or other similar items. However, in most cases, pawn shops are willing to consider items like knives, swords, and even guns because of their potential value and demand in the market.

The Value of Swords

The value of a sword depends on various factors. There are inexpensive “collectible” swords available in the market that may appear visually appealing but hold little value beyond their inflated price tags. On the other hand, there are high-quality swords worth thousands of dollars, as well as ancient swords used in wars that can fetch a significant amount of money, especially if they are well-preserved.

Finding A Pawn Shop

To sell your sword to a pawn shop, you must first find one that deals with swords. This is easily accomplished by searching for “Local pawn shops” or “Pawn shops in my area” on Google. Compile a list of nearby pawn shops and contact them individually, asking if they buy swords and what requirements they have for accepting them. Once you’ve got two or three pawn shops on your list that will look at your sword(s), then it’s time to actually get them read to be looked at.

Preparing Your Sword for the Pawn Shop

To ensure you get the best value for your sword, it’s important to prepare it properly before taking it to a pawn shop. Cleaning the sword is crucial, but be careful not to damage the finish or alter its original state. For older swords with rust, oxidation, or patina, it is best to leave them as is or seek professional assistance to clean them without diminishing their value.

Cleaning Process:

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth, ensuring it is damp but not soaking.
  2. Gently wipe down the blade, including the tip and any grooves.
  3. Use sword or mineral oil on a cloth, applying a moderate amount.
  4. Thoroughly wipe down the blade, covering the entire surface with a light layer of oil.

Researching Your Sword: If possible, take the time to research your sword or gather information about it. Print out any documentation you find and bring it with you to the pawn shop. Some pawn shops specialize in swords and will recognize the value of your item, while others may appreciate your effort in providing background information. This can expedite the process and potentially lead to a higher offer for your sword.

While the decision to buy swords ultimately depends on the pawnbroker and the sword’s value, it’s worth checking with pawn shops that specialize in weapons. Remember to research your sword, clean it appropriately, and gather any relevant documentation before visiting a pawn shop to enhance your chances of obtaining a favorable offer.