The virtual assassins among us will appreciate this straightforward battle sword. Visually, this display-quality weapon is a good match for the best weapon in Assassin’s Creed II.
Carried by the assassin hero Altair as the game begins, Altair soon loses the rights to this high-level weapon as a result of breaking the tenets of his order. Much of the later story involves his efforts to regain his former status and the best sword ever to grace a Persian assassin’s fighting hand. The sword only becomes available to Altair the master assassin after he rebuilds a suffering blacksmith’s ravaged shop in the latter part of Assassin’s Creed II.
Shorter than many weapons in the game, the Altair sword is only 31 inches long with a blade length of 24 3/4 inches. Ground with a diamond cross-section, the blade shows a short ricasso or section of unsharpened steel at the blade’s base. That’s not an error — this stronger portion of steel often took the force of a blocked blow and is true to the design of the game’s ancient weapon. Cast metal forms the winged skull handguard and the claw-shaped pommel, with a grip of polished hardwood decorated with symbols of the order.
Although it’s an accurate reproduction of the Altair sword, the Assassin’s Creed Altair Sword is not ruggedly made. The 440 high carbon stainless steel could be damaged by target cutting, and some of the decorative work is fragile. The soft-sided leather sheath is nicely made, but be careful not to damage it when sheathing the sword.