Another Dark Sword…

If you recall, a several posts ago, I blogged about a dark sword, from Kit Rae canon, which seemed to have too much going on in it’s life for it’s own good. Well, today I ran into one of it’s cousins.

Black Sword of Darkness

Black Sword of Darkness
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Now as you can see, it bears some of the trademarks of the stereotypical drama laden Kit Rae sword, (much like the last one) However the questionable family trait of being unbearably busy is actually quite muted in this particular relative. The design is a little more grounded, a little less flighty, and much more focused. You can actually see

Now the blade profiles on Kit Rae swords are generally quite the lookers, if a little narcissistic and this one is no exception. I find this one exceptionally notable in it’s simplicity. There is a beautiful combination of straight lines and subtle curves on this flat black blade. But as usual, the hilt is where all the action is.

This time around, there is actually a discernable theme! An i’m calling it the Demon Talons. 🙂 The pommel is made in the image of a rather irate looking horned demon, which sits atop a simple high gloss black grip with a mild swell in the middle. The grip runs into the unique guard, what I will call the “talons” of the demon.

The guard is basically a set of cool horned claws. Or clawed talons. Or taloned claws if you so desire. Your choice. 🙂 the point is, there are a set of what look like golden wing claws, atop the downward pointing black talons of the guard, at either side of the blade. I really like the overall combination if gold talons and black.

Now in all honesty, I still think the guard does indulge in what I would consider superfluous detail. I mean, I can understand the horn motif at the intersection of the guard and the blade, but I fail to understand why there should be some kind of serpent like creatures writhing around in the talons of the guard…

But to be fair these details are not overly distracting, and in the end I kinda like the swords overall demeanor. Yes, it could be simpler, but hey, life is never simple now is it… 😛

Sword of Darkness (Black) – [Medieval Weapon Art]

14 Responses to “Another Dark Sword…”

  1. 1 Sam
    February 25, 2008 at 7:50 am

    A stunning sword to be sure, but I have to say, that guard kind of scares me, the small spaces between blade and guard and the curved outer edges of the guard make my wrist nervous when it comes to another blade sliding down the sword. But that could just be my inexperience in sword fighting speaking.

  2. February 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Good point. With this particular guard design the small space might make it rather difficult to trap a blade, depending on how the guard was presented. A slightly elevated incoming blade could possibly slide down around the side of talon, and over the guard. But then again, if you’ve put yourself in a position where your opponents sword can slide undeflected, down your blade towards you, in all likelihood, “ur doin’ it rong” to begin with… 😛

    But in either case, I doubt Kit Rae was thinking about actual combat when he designed this particular piece. LOL… 🙂

  3. 3 ladyofspiders
    February 25, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I have to admit, that is a pretty sweet looking sword.

  4. February 26, 2008 at 12:59 am

    It is indeed a wicked looking blade isn’t it… 😀

  5. February 26, 2008 at 2:59 am

    A bit busy, but a beautiful deasign.

    I like his designs, but for my taste they could be toned down just slightly.

    Still, great stuff.

  6. February 26, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Indeed, If he could drop all of the “extraneous” detail from his blade work, I would consider most of his designs the bomb diggity…

  7. 7 Niccolo
    April 28, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Haha… actually, traps with this would be fun. It could almost be used as a swordbreaker, if your opponent happened to be using a crummy mass-produced thing. As the blade gets into the |_| area (between blade and talon/claw/taloned claw) you twist your wrist. A very difficult move to pull of, that is for sure.But, if you do it just right, you can snap the blade (if it’s a PoS) or flick it out of his grip.

    Of course, you have to be really good, or the blade flicks straight into you. And that’s not desirable.

  8. April 29, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Yeah, that might be cool… If this weren’t only marginally better than a crummy mass produced blade itself… It looks good, but it’s not really a battle ready blade… so there will be no blade snapping, sword flicking action. Y’hear? 😛

  9. July 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    darkness es mi favorito delos heroes de comic´s, lo compre durante mucho tiempo (años) me gastaba la money que me cofrrespondia para toda la quincena por leer a SPAWN, DARKNES, WICHBLDE pero no me inportava yo estaba feliz por conseguir las revistas que yo anoraba DARKNESS era la que me yamaba más la atencion yla que menos consegui en el puesto de periodicos y como a su servidor le sufre de ataques barias veses llegaba a la casa bañado en sangre porque me descalabraba pero feliz porque iba con mis revistas para leer por eso y más DARKNESS Y LOS COMIC´S QUE YA MENCIONE TIENEN HISTORIA PARA MI , HITORIA MUY MUY ESPECIAL.-E.T.T.

  10. 10 Niccolo
    July 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Estoy apesadumbrado para mi español abismal. Lo funcioné todo a través de un traductor de modo que pudiera ver lo que usted decía.

    ¡Usted es un ventilador realmente die-hard de Darkness, ululación! Ése es esmero para usted. Debo decir, aunque, Darkness nunca abrogada a mí mucho (incluso después de las tentativas de mi amigo)

  11. July 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Hmmm just an random thought, but I have a similar sword, and its nearly impossible to fight with that thing, because of guess what? yap, the guard, or what u call the “Talons”. The first strike with taht sword gives u a feeling, as if a demon rips off the skin from ur bones, not useful, and not comfortable -.- the only thing, this weapon could be usefull, is confusing ur enemy by hurting urself …

  12. July 7, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Actually Spawn and Witchblade are also some of my favorite comic book characters. I have not read The Darkness, but i heard very good things about it.

    Indeed, this is the only problem with weapons which have point bits pointing back towards the user… But this is also why I said it is not recommended that this sword be used for any kind of vigorous swashbuckling fun… 🙂

  13. February 11, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Yeah, great looking sword, nice styling and detailed throughout, we have a similar one on our website.

  14. 14 Jenry
    February 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Escribanme algo sobre juegos

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