I’ve noticed that there are a lot of blade designers who like to call their weapons “Barbarian” weapons. What is perhaps most interesting is that, to my knowledge, there are no predefined criteria for determining how barbary a weapon is. So how they decide which weapons are “barbaric” and which ones are “civilized” is beyond me. But then again, I am but a lowly blogger of  the occasional barbarian weapon:

Barbarian Sword

Barbarian Sword

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Now In this particular case, I can see, a little bit, why one might refer to this sword as barbaric. On the surface, it does look kind of simple. But in reality the design is as elegant as any other I have seen, so it would be an assessment based on ignorance. Indeed, this sword has some very attractive elements.

The finish, for instance, is actually an acid etched damascus steel pattern. One of my favorite. Granted it’s a cheap way to finish a non damascus blade, but it still looks good. And then the blade profile. Very cool. a simple but interesting design, with a large ricasso, heralded by two smaller vertices just aft of the blade, and a smaller point on the spine.

All of this leading into a mildly curved black leather wrapped handle, and terminating in an unusually shaped pommel. I suppose the combination of simple lines and unusual accents is what i find so interesting about this sword. It just kind of quietly menacing. Not loud and deliciously evil looking. And not even particularly barbaric. Just subtly sinister.

And I can respect that.

Barbarian Sword – [All things Medieval]