And no, I am not having a bad day, and my language is just fine thank you very much.
My heading refers, quite literally, to another red sword that looks for all the world like the last wielder ran their last opponent clean through with it, withdrew the weapon, threw the sword unceremoniously into the growing pool of the vanquished enemy’s blood, and just walked away…
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So this, my friends, is the Dragon Talon Fantasy sword. And as fantasy swords go, well… I like it. It’s another one of those designs that doesn’t try to do too much, and succeeds at doing what it’s trying to do very well. That’s not to say it isn’t devoid of gimmicks. It is a “fantasy” sword after all.
And I’ve found, much to my frequent chagrin, that the word “Fantasy” in front of any weapon is usually license for the designer to engage in all manner of obscene atrocities in their design. But as gimmicks go, this sword is actually many rungs above the normal level of sacrilege I see committed in the name of “Fantasy design”.
This sword, true to it’s name, is every bit designed around the “Dragon Talon” motif. The Pommel of the sword features a set of two dragons talons, curving towards each other. Above that we have the grip, which is spiral wrapped in what looks a like a soft faux leather material. Not the best grip finish by any means, but for a wall hanger it is probably survivable.
The guard is where things begin to get interesting. True to form, the guard consists of a similar set of inward curving dragon claws, much like the pommel, but with a twist. For herein lies our gimmick of the day: a set of two small dragon headed daggers that are set into small sockets opposite each other, at the base of the grip.
These small daggers can be pulled out and used independently. I like the design of the dragon heads in them, and while they aren’t particularly large, they are very reminiscent of the Japanese practice of placing small knives, called kogatana, into pockets in the side of the saya (sheaths) of their swords.
These are even smaller than those, and might be better described as finger knives, but you could probably get a comparable level of functionality out of them, were anyone silly enough to attempt to use this sword for any practical purposes… 🙂
Anyway back to the blade. And what a distinctive blade it is! A simple, straight line, tapering blade profile, with a short ricasso, and a spear tip, painted from hilt to tip, in a deep blood red hue that transitions to an almost reddish black oxide color at the edge and tip. A rare but welcome change from the usually flashy steel I see so often.
Overall a nice design. I would not trust the grip bindings to hold up to any kind of use, nor for the little sub blades to stay in place under duress, but otherwise, I like the design and if, for some hypothetical reason, I had select any one given “Fantasy” blade to be run through with, this would be in my top 5…
What? No. No, at the moment, I can’t think of any realistic scenarios where I would get to choose the preferred weapon to be run through with. Nor, for that matter, why I would be letting someone run me through at all. But that’s just the way my mind works.
OK, I have issues, alright? Let’s just leave it at that. OK? Thank you…
Dragon Talon Fantasy Sword – [True Swords]