Monday, September 05, 2005

Heron Marked Sword

So, I've been spending the past week at Dragon*Con, so forgive me for not posting!

I must say that I had an excellent time and even discovered a cool new band, Three Quarter Ale. Not to mention some, umm, interesting belly-dancing shows and other things. Got to meet Sgt. Walter and Salmak from Stargate, Jayne and The Preacher from Firefly, Councillor Deanna Troi from Star Trek and a few others. Also chanced upon Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time Track at DragonCon. Of course, the most important thing was the Sword Fighting Forms, where they demonstrated various sword fighting forms. Using nothing less than a Heron Marked Blade. And of course, the most important thing is that I got a Heron Mark Sword. Yup, a good differential tempered high-carbon folded steel Heron Mark Sword.
Here's what Museum-Replicas has to say about the blade:
" In the old days, the Heron Mark swords were made by blending metals to make a blade that need never be sharpened. Nor could it be broken. But today, the Heron Mark is a sign that the sword was made by a blademaster. Such swords are awarded only to he who has proven that he has the highest possible skill with a sword. We are very proud to offer a Heron Mark sword. The sword is hand-forged, and of a very tough high carbon steel. The guard and pommel are of brass, and the balance is simply superb. Authorized and approved by Robert Jordan, this sword is an accurate copy of those blades in The Wheel of Time series. Once you hold this blade in your hands, you realize how quick and deadly is the sword. A superb example of the swordmaker's art."