Looking at a fantasy sword, I always wonder about the real applications of that strange blade. If it makes some logical sense, probably the sword has already accomplished its real purpose. When I saw this pair of fanciful weapons, I wondered how elven warriors would use those graceful points and curves. In most ways, they look like good ideas.
There is some good work here, although I’d like to see bone or antler handle slabs instead of simple leather cross-wrapped around the full tang grips. The blades are artfully shaped, but stamped and ground rather than forged. Etching and polish are both nicely done, and the poured metal effect of the bolster is a neat trick that some creative custom knife maker will probably figure out and quietly add to his more expensive product line.
The sheaths of black nylon fall far short of the goal these knives reached. There’s nothing elfin or artistic about the sheaths, just squared stiff fabric that will snag the points if you aren’t very careful. The sheaths are for nothing but storage and transport. Fortunately, the Elf Warrior Fantasy Swords come with a nice wooden plaque for hanging on the wall. A pin and notch fitting at the hilt will combine these 18.75-inch stainless steel blades into one double bladed weapon, although that isn’t a very sturdy option.
I like that someone in the Fantasy Master company actually thought about these knives, considering the physical grace of the elfin race and the use of skill over force instead of just making something odd. The two swords offer features consistent with the weapons of a forest people and really do give the appearance of something that works well in that other world.
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