Shoulders back. Feet together. Eyes forward. Crush the nervous urge to giggle. Breathe.
You thought this morning would never come – the first day of your long-fabled training. But even here, heart pounding in the dusty yard as the master at arms and his squire approach, you hardly dare believe it.
The master is stern-faced and solidly built, steely hair cropped short and blue eyes sparkling beneath a heavy brow. As he strides toward you, he reaches to his side and – with the utmost elegance – draws a slender sword. It is all you can do to keep your mouth from dropping open in astonishment as he holds it out for your appraisal.
Never did you imagine you’d wield such a thing of beauty – and so soon as well! Its brass disc pommel gleams in the afternoon sun, and the motto engraved into its long, narrow blade seems to speak to you directly. Uncertain yet enthralled, you reach out a hand to receive the stately sword.
At this, the master gives a short barking laugh. You raise your eyes to meet his, and find their mirth not unkind.
“One day, perhaps,” he says, returning the blade to its sheath. “If you work hard. A sword such as this one is not for the uninitiated.”
Cursing yourself for your eager folly, you glare at your shoes and begrudgingly accept the blunt, rusted weapon offered to you by the squire.
Inspired by Arn – The Knight Templar, this custom Norman-styled knightly sword is intended for use in sword and buckler play.
With a narrowed-down blade, it maintains the strong features of a knightly sword while allowing a more nimble feel in the hand. The blade is modelled on an Oakeshott type XI, though the breadth of its fuller and blade have been altered for safe edges and flexibility while fencing.
Details such as the engraved brass pommel, oxblood red grip and engraved blade add a noble gravitas, as well as a nod to the film.
A similar bespoke arming sword would start at £800 plus shipping
The hand-forged and heat treated crossguard is polished to a satin finish, while the pommel is carved from brass, and adorned with an engraved cross. The custom-sized hardwood grip is wrapped first in linen thread and cord risers, and then in oxblood red leather. The blade features a broad fuller, inscribed with Latin text on one side.
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