I agree. It definitely helps to know what a real sword is like, particularly the exact type of sword you intend on using. It also depends on how stylized you're trying to go with this. Realistic sword sounds are actually quite boring compared to Hollywood versions, especially when done on film (real-life sword clashes are much more intense, imo, since they're right in front of you... that's just hard to translate into film), so it helps "spice them up," as mentioned.Shaw said:It's also very helpful if you have actually seen/experienced a metal sword in live action. Real swords can have a distinct ring to them that you will only get from a piece of hand tempered 1/4"-1/8" steel. Even the length of the blade will affect the accoustical properties of the weapon. If you can find some videos online of re-enactments etc you should be able to get a good feel for the sounds involved and then you can move on to "spice them up" a little if you feel it is necessary.