Why I Love Dark Blades…

OK, so In reality there aren’t many specific reasons why I like black weapons, suffice to say they look cooler. Here’s an example:

Wire Wrapped Sword – Black Blade

Wire Wrapped Sword - Black Blade

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OK now clearly, in contrast to the rather nebulous description, the only thing that is wire wrapped on this sword is the grip. Not the entire sword. I wish folks would pay attention to how they named these things. But I digress.

So here’s the thing. This sword, or at least some of the elements of it’s basic design, are fairly standard. The blade follows what could be described as a straight saber design. It is a single edged sword of medium length, with a prominent fuller, and a fairly rounded transition to the point.

Except is has Japanese fittings. The entire hilt, small, multi-faceted guard, wire wrapped handle, butt cap, etc. is of Japanese design, almost creating a fusion of European and Japanese design influences. Though the Japanese cues definitely stand out.

Of course the kanji on the blade is kind of a dead giveaway to it’s japanese heritage. Ironically this is what an early Ninjato might have looked like, though for some reason, in this one instance where it might have made sense, the designers did not see fit to capitalize upon that fact. Go figure.

Anyway, had this been finished in the standard, regular, highly polished steel, I might not have given it a second glance. Seriously. There is a sea of shiny steel out there, and picking out one distinctive piece out of that is becoming harder and harder. The dark ones, on the other hand… Well… They are already quite distinctive. And easy to pick out. And sinister. And just look… meaner… And I like black. Cause black makes things look cooler. Seriously.

Did I mention I like black?

Black Sword – Wire wrapped grip – [True Swords]

6 Responses to “Why I Love Dark Blades…”

  1. 1 Niccolo
    May 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    That’s a very, very nice blade you’ve happened upon there. The fusion idea is quite interesting, and one I didn’t notice right away… I guess the Japanese aspects of this particular piece overpower the others, so one has to look a little closer.

    O.o wait… the company that sells that is United Cutlery? What do they specialise in, steak knives for people cooking buffalo?

  2. May 7, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    LOL Very funny Niccolo… For those of you who don’t know, UC is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous and proliferous producers of licensed reproduction and miscellaneous bladed weaponry out there…

  3. 3 Niccolo
    May 8, 2008 at 4:45 am

    >_> But… but… they’re called United CUTLERY. That’s like a water-tank business marketing themselves as a bottlemaking one.

  4. May 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    ROFL OK CPL Weisenheimer…

    “The word cutler derives from the Middle English word ‘cuteler’ and this in turn derives from from Old French ‘coutelier’ which comes from ‘coutel’; meaning knife.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutlery

    So there! 😛 😀

  5. 5 Niccolo
    May 9, 2008 at 2:59 am

    *Shrug* If you say so, Phyreblade. I’ll take your word for it.

    Still a silly name, though.

  6. May 9, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    If you insist… LOL…

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