The Astaldar Arming Sword

∴ A Valiant Attempt ∴

The air is cool and honeysuckle-scented as you slip unnoticed from the feast. No sooner have you rounded the doorway than the roar of water deluges your senses. You close your eyes to greet the familiar sound, tilting your head toward the fall.

Alas, for all the water’s white-noise strife, it cannot overcome the sound of revelry from the hall behind you – though the music lilts and eddies on the breeze, you know the song by heart. The song of a great king. Of his great deeds. Of his eventual, inevitable failure.

Sequestered from curious eyes, you unsheath the sword at your side. The sword of songs and legends. Tarnished neither by age nor by the unimaginable evil it has faced. You run your fingers over the strong lines carved into the pommel, the steel ring bisecting royal red leather.

With a sigh you let the unsung truth settle: once more this sword will see battle. Once more it will face the foe that mighty heroes could not withstand. And this time it is you who will wield it.

∴ Specs ∴

Named for the word “valiant” in Quenya, this strong-featured arming sword takes aesthetic cues from the bold heroes of Tolkien’s works. Despite its broad, imposing blade the sword has been carefully weighted for ready and dynamic handling.

The carved fishtail pommel is hollow, keeping the weight down while visually complementing the blade in terms of width. Incremental amounts of molten pewter were later added to the inner of the pommel for an exceedingly finely-tuned balance.

Similar bespoke arming swords start at £600 plus postage, and increase based on complexity.

 

 

  • Weight: 1240g
  • Total length: 99cm
  • Blade length: 80cm
  • Blade width: 6cm at base
  • Total hilt length: 17cm
  • Grip length: 9.5cm
  • Quillon span: 21cm
  • Point of Balance: 11cm
  • Sparring-safe edges, flex and swollen tip

 

 

∴ Notes ∴

The hollow fishtail pommel is carved with a regal patten on both sides, and polished to a satin finish. The flared quillon terminals are carved to match. The faceted crossguard is heat treated for durability. The hardwood grip is bound in linen twine and deep red leather, intersected with a steel band. An engraved eight-pointed star marks the point of balance.

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