The door is tall and thin, elongated almost to absurdity with fluted columns supporting an arched lintel. Pale wood is interlaced with studded metal tracery, the design dragging the eye upward as if to further emphasise the height of the structure.
You know as sure as you breathe that the answer you seek is on the other side.
Between you and the door stands the guard, himself tall and thin, garbed not in armour but in decorous slashed silks of grey and green. The message of the man’s attire is clear – he fears no attack – and the reason clearer still. His grey-gloved hand is clasped around the mottled green grip of a greatsword almost his equal in height. Its blade is scarred by three thick fullers, and its long, straight quillons end in sharply jagged fangs.
“Greetings,” you begin, “I mean no quarrel. I come seeking your lord.”
The silk-clad guard says nothing, the slight smirk at the corner of his lips mirroring the almost imperceptible flicker of light on cold steel.
“How can I gain an audience? Or at least send a message?”
Again your question is met with silence. Impertinent silence, you think. The quest that led you to this chamber has been arduous. You have pitched wits and weapons against knights and brigands alike. You are not about to be turned aside now, least of all by this brazen popinjay. You will have your answer.
And then, you think with a smile, you will have that sword.
A simple yet undeniably imposing design, this montante is distinguished by its angular, fanglike quillons and faceted pear shaped pommel.
Designed for solo drilling and slow, controlled partner work, the blade features a strong diamond cross section, increasing the feel of a “real” sword.
A similar bespoke montante would start at £700 plus postage.
The hot-forged and hand-carved furniture is oil blackened to an antique black finish. The hardwood grip is wrapped first in linen thread, and then in mottled green leather. The blade features three fullers and short, rounded lugs.
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