His sword collection can buy him a flat

His sword collection can buy him a flat

With $750,000, you can buy an executive HDB flat. But Mr John Lee, 38, is happy to spend it on swords.

The investment firm director, who lives in a rented five-room flat in Tampines, says: “Swords are like cars or property to others. Owning them gives me immense joy.

“My swords are my legacy. It is what I hope to leave for future generations.”

Mr Lee has over 290 blades.

Most are samurai, ninja and Chinese swords. There are also medieval swords, replicas from movies and other blades.

The cheapest is $99. But the most expensive is a katana worth US$50,000 (S$63,300), which he keeps in his office abroad.

His interest in blades started when he was just 15. He was a Scout and used a survival knife during camps.

He says: “I loved Chinese sword-fighting novels. I would imagine the characters duelling with swords – it was so cool.”

Nine years ago, he started collecting blades, which he bought over the Internet or from shops.

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