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The Líban Montante

∴ A Dangerous Dance∴

You step onto the silent floor, and draw your partner to you. Even in this brief moment of stasis, you are struck by her power and grace. Though you know the steps by heart, she was made for this.

You make the first move, both followed and led, and sense her spinning out into a graceful arc. You smile as you turn a quarter step to meet her – you’ve had to work hard to keep up with her all these years, but you’ve still got it.

She’s urging for speed now – a slight shift of momentum, hungry for the fight. You tighten your grip only slightly – enough to remind her who’s leading the dance. It was always this way: even through the stone wall of your discipline, you cannot fail to sense her passion.

As she spins through another flurry of steps and cuts, you recall a line from an old story book. The one about the mermaid. “She laughed and danced with death in her heart.”

Caught in the beauty of her motion, you can’t help but laugh along with her.

∴ Specs ∴

A powerful form meets hand-forged detailing in this simple yet stunning montante. Designed for solo practice and careful drilling, the blade’s handling is prioritised over flexibility, offering a more authentic “sharp-like” balance.

The imposing shape of the blade is balanced by careful details in the hilt: the slender quillons have been hand-forged and drawn into tight curls, in the style of German greatswords. The top of the scent-stopper pommel also features subtle swirled carvings.

A similar bespoke montante would start at £1250 plus postage.

∴ Notes ∴

The hardwood grip is wrapped in a strong linen thread and cord risers, then coated in dark brown leather, which has been weathered to an antique look.

The hand-forged crossguard and carved pommel have been oil blackened to a matte finish. The construction is completed with a rounded nut.

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∴ Líban Olphéist ∴

Named “The Líban Monster” in Irish, this variant was made for a client who loved the look of the original, but asked us to make it bigger in every way. By far the longest sword we’ve made at the forge, this beast stands taller even than Chris himself! With a total length of 1.9m and a quillon span of 39cm, the Olphéist is as striking as her sister, but not for the faint-hearted to wield.

Want a truly great greatsword of your own? Get in touch to discuss your ideas.

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