“I don’t believe you,” you say again, turning the leather-wrapped handle over in your hands. The man sitting opposite you grins, his heavy-lined eyes glinting in the guttering candlelight.
“What did you expect?” he asks, “A jewel-encrusted pommel? A glistening of arcane runes? A chorus of Hallelujahs, perhaps?”
You glance away from the old tinker, chastened. The truth is you did hope for something more. The sword before you is simple and sturdy, remarkable only in its elegant lines and the steel rings protruding over the crossguard.
“This sword was not made to catch the eyes of lords and ladies,” the old man explains as his worn fingers flash across the steel, “It was made to protect,” – he taps the rings – “and to defend. This was the sword of a great hero before the songs and stories made him such. This was the sword that kept him alive to hear them.”
Shaking his head, the scarred trader lifts the sword from the table and swaddles it in yellowed cloth with a care bordering on reverence. No, not reverence. Familiarity.
“Wait,” you cry, despite yourself.
The old man looks up with a smile.
Simple yet elegant, this longsword offers superior finger protection in the form of two rings at the crossguard, complemented by straight quillons and a long pear-shaped pommel.
A similar bespoke longsword would start at £600 plus postage.
The ringed crossguard and pear-shaped pommel are satin-polished, while the waisted hardwood grip is wrapped first in linen cord and then in black leather. The blade features a wide fuller.
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