Does this licensed reproduction of Narsil/Anduril (from the Lord Of The Rings) make you think “Damn, that’s beautiful” or “what kind of unwashed gaming nerd would ever hang something like that on their wall?”
Which is basically another way of asking: Have you ever owned a sword? Do you still?
Before I ask for embarrassing admissions from the rest of you, I’ll make the first confession myself: back in my early-1890’s days of Dungeons & Dragons and junior high school, I used to own a couple of completely nonfunctional swords.
One of them was a decorative cavalry saber made of some kind of stainless steel, and the other was a flea-market longsword that might have been forged from old coffee cans.
I learned how nonfunctional they were when I tried to use them to eradicate a patch of Canadian thistle in our mountain backyard. The saber was a reasonably effective scythe, but had such a tiny grip that even my small hands couldn’t use it comfortably.
The soft-steel longsword bent at the hilt with the first swing, and once I bent it back into shape both blades were relegated to the mantel over the fireplace. I’ve never felt the need to replace them, at least not with any sword I could actually afford to buy.