Next up on our list is yet another interesting axe. A royal axe. A knightly axe. A dark axe. I present:
Now most of you may not find this weapon particularly contradictory, but I decided to blog about it specifically for that reason. I think the general idea of the axe (as represented by how it has been named) to present an interesting oxymoron.
First off, in medieval times, (regardless of how Martin Lawrence or Monty Python may have portrayed them) a black knight was generally the European equivalent of a Japanese rōnin – A masterless samurai. Being a black knight may not have carried the same dishonor that a rōnin might have in japan, however they were equally disliked by liege Knights because they were wildcards.
A black knight would be just as likely to fight for you as against you. In fact you might find one fighting by your side during one battle, and on the opponents side the next. Almost by definition, a black knight ostensibly held allegiance to no one but himself. Not exactly a trustworthy fellow. Royalty wouldn’t necessarily mean anything to such a knight. Which is why I find the the idea of a “Royal” Black Knight to be contradictory. Unless they were medieval secret agents…
As if that weren’t enough, I’ve always thought that most medieval knights carried swords, not axes. I’d hardly think a Black knights would be an exception. And I’d think that the ones that did see fit to carry an axe would usually carry a smaller, lighter, melee style axe, not a full fledged, double bladed monstrosity. But I guess I’m just splittin’ hairs now.
Disregarding any contradictory symbolic nuances, the design of this axe is an excellent example of a very traditional axe making. But that is about the only thing traditional about it. The color treatment of this weapon is very striking, with a black blade and handle, with both silver and gold accents. The overall design is quite impressive, from the prominent silver point on the butt of the axe and the two gold bands strategically placed to provide elegant contrast with the rest of the weapon.
In spite of the reservations I have about it’s nomenclature, the aesthetics of this axe really does justify it as royalty. The contrast of light and dark is well done, and it would come high on my list of recommended weapons for any “royal” dark knight… If that is their real name…