Captured Easterling Blade

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Tom_Ranger
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Re: Captured Easterling Blade

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Jack wrote: Wed Jul 27, 2022 5:31 am "Reaver" cleaver? "Shiny"? Are those Firefly references? Miss that show...
I don't know but it may even have been used in the final fight of Serinity when River was fighting them; or maybe it was another zombie tool. I guess I need to pull it out and watch it.
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Looks like an excellent choice of sword for you! I agree with a lot of other folks here, it definitely seems to fit the bill as an archer’s falchion, which was common in at least during 100 Years War, I believe. Seems like it would make a really solid side-arm for a Ranger of Gondor as well. I feel like the Professor had a very strong inclination towards straight, double-edged swords for his heroes, and something of an aversion to single-edged weapons. I don’t necessarily have any textual evidence for this, just a general sort of hunch - probably based on the fact that he framed his heroes in similar terms to medieval European knights and Anglo-Saxon warlords, while the villains of his stories had a more “Eastern” vibe in general (lots to unpack here of course, but it is what it is), and I sort of feel like a lot of folks see single-edged or curved swords as a mainly Eastern design, not being prevalent in Western Europe (even though that certainly wasn’t always the case, and we obviously see a lot of single-edged weapons throughout the Middle Ages in Europe). So yeah, whether it’s a captured Easterling sword or even just an unusual Gondorian design, I totally think a falchion like this fits the bill! Looks like a beautiful sword!

And since someone else mentioned Matt Easton, I thought this might be relevant as well! Basically just a look at why short/compact-ish, single-edged chopping swords tended to crop up over and over again in different cultures throughout history. TL;DR - they’re extremely practical, have a wide range of possible uses, and are relatively easy to wield even without extensive training (although many people were obviously well trained in their use).
https://youtu.be/zAd02JK6KSY
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Jack wrote: Wed Jul 27, 2022 5:31 am "Reaver" cleaver? "Shiny"? Are those Firefly references? Miss that show...
Actually, it IS a Firefly reference. Here is a link to the description on their web page.

https://zombietools.net/collections/bla ... er-cleaver
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