From the great blades of history to the magical ones of martial fiction, every good sword has a story
I gotta ask you if you watch the excellent bladesmithing reality show Forged in Fire.
Yes! More sword talk! More Lord of the Rings talk! Although the pedant nerd in me feels compelled to discuss the purpose of the fuller, I will restrain myself, just like we all have to restrain ourselves from talking about Viggo's broken toe every time we watch The Two Towers with someone else.
For several years I named all my tech after swords: Curtana (laptop), Joyeuse (camera), Caledfwlch (tablet), Durendal, Almace, and Legbiter (phones).
Now they’re Pavlichenko, Raskova, and Oversteegen, and this is the first time it’s occurred to me how inadvertently Talia-themed my devices are.
How does one get rid of stolen swords?
Fence them, of course...
The one on the right (in your personal collection picture) looks like a Witcher sword, is it?
so I've got to ask if there's any historical or biblical evidence whatsoever for the one on the left, which is obviously one of the many "King Solomon's sword" replicas on the market. Sure, it looks more like a Claymore than like anything I've ever seen middle eastern soldiers brandishing, but hope dies hard.
I also have a sword obsession … my older brother made me my first small-sword out of a bronze welding-rod when I was about 8 years old. When I was about 15 I cold-forged the bronze into a small knife that I still have.
My latest acquisitions are 4 katanas, one of which is an Iaito so I don’t lose fingers …
the rest are all razor sharp Kamakura era cutters, Dotanuki body-cleavers … 2 are Ko-Dachis, shorter swords in Katana hardware, and the large is a 7-panel Shoshu-Kitae, clayed and water quenched, with nice Hamon.
Lately my fun (seriously) is tuning the Koiguchi, the scabbard mouths, to a perfect fit for retention and proper drawing.