Brass and blue. The evening sun, brazen against the deepening Mediterranean. The treasures of ancient kings, their knowledge forever lost. An unforgiving flame rushing to meet shaded streets.
You stare for a long time at the sword in your hand, its seed-pod pommel glimmering golden in the dusk. When you stepped off the ship into this city of legend, the sword spoke of potential. Of promise. Now, mere days later as would-be knights flee burning streets with arms full of plunder, its beauty is a hollow reminder and its weight one burden too many.
You hear a shout and recognise your name. Your ship is departing. It’s over, then. With a roar of betrayal and bewilderment, you hurl the once-treasured weapon into indigo waters and turn to leave Alexandria.
You pray the next soul who finds it might put it to nobler use.
This regal-looking arming sword is based on the Leeds and Solingen swords, pairing their distinctive pommel shape with a short yet substantial type XIV blade. The alliance lends itself to strong rotation and speed – a good match for early sword and buckler techniques.
Similar bespoke Type XIV arming swords are available from £500
The faceted pommel is resplendent in brass, lifting a deep blue leather grip. The hardened steel guard features downturned and slightly flared terminals, and the oak grip is reinforced with linen thread.
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