A sword worth losing your head over…

Today I ran across a cool sword from the movie “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”:

Sword of the Headless Horseman

Sword of the Headless Horseman
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This sword was the preferred weapon of the headless Hessian warrior known by those in the little, witchcraft beset village of Sleepy Hollow as “The Headless Horseman”. In the movie, The Hessian sometimes used this sword in conjunction with a small axe, however for majority of the movie, this sword reigned unchallenged.

While real life Hessian calvary would probably have used long, slightly curving sabers, this movie was not intended to be historically accurate, so I suppose we’ll have to let that slide. Especially since they replaced the boring old calvary saber with something much, much cooler. A very wicked little sword.

The blade is long, straight and narrow with a mild taper from hilt to tip. It sports a fuller that runs from just above the ricasso to about a quarter of the blade way from the tip. Overall, this is one of my favorite blade form factors.

And the hilt does not disappoint either. The ricasso is punctuated by two semicircular voids, one on either side, and then runs down into a unique and slightly curving talon-like cross guard. The guard sits atop a smoothly tapering grip sporting a snake like scale pattern. Very cool. Some form of reptile, with it’s jaws agape, and it’s fangs exposed, serves duty as the pommel of this intimidating weapon.

Although I initially assumed that the head on the pommel was a snake, upon more detailed inspection, I realized I was wrong. The jaw is much closer in structure to a crocodiles than a snakes. Except that crocodiles have waaay more teeth, and do not have fangs like this. My best guess is that it is intended to represent the German lindwurm or dragon. Whatever it is, the whole theme, with the scales, the fangs, etc makes for a very sweet and sinister weapon.

Absolutely my kind of weapon. I have to say, for a Hessian with no head, who lives in the dirt underneath an old gnarley tree, he’s got excellent taste in swords…

The Sword of the Headless Horseman – [True Swords]


9 Responses to “A sword worth losing your head over…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    February 14, 2008 at 10:26 am

    *jumps up and down* I love the ledgend of Sleepy Hallow, long before the movie there use to be this cartoon of it that I would always watch. But the movie was pretty wicked cool too.

    That is a pretty wickied cool sword.

  2. February 15, 2008 at 2:53 am

    A cartoon? I knew of the book, but I never knew there was a cartoon version… Well Whaddyaknow… 🙂 I’ll bet the cartoon didn’t have cools swords in it though. LOL 😛

  3. 3 ladyofspiders
    February 15, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Hehe acutally I think the Headless horseman did have a sword in the cartoon, I think it was like some speical only aired during or around halloween.

  4. February 16, 2008 at 1:29 am

    And here I was thinking I watch waay to many cartoons. Apparently I haven’t watched enough… LOL

  5. 5 Niccolo
    April 28, 2008 at 5:29 am

    That is a sweet sword. I WANT. It looks a decent length, doesn’t look too bulky… and black is a plus.

    Unfortunately, it’d probably break the first time I blocked with it. *Sigh* Wishes will come true eventually…

  6. April 29, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Yeah. This sword does indeed rock…!
    What really gets me, is that there are so many really cool sword designs out there, that could be better if they didn’t have blades made of such a hard grade of steel that they shatter on impact, or hilts made of some cast metal that is softer than play dough…

  7. 7 MoZZA
    August 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    sleepy hollow was a seriously awesome film!

  8. August 27, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Yeah, I loved it too. I’ve probably watched it a gazillion times… Have it on DVD…

  9. 9 MoZZA
    September 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    same here bruv love the film and the basic concept of the “hessian”

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