Hey, hey, hey, before you start calling me a racist bastige, I should inform you that I am not racist in any way shape or form. I assure you that I have *many* black friends. Most of them are quite sharp, often have lots of good points, and are made of steel, but that should not make any difference, now should it? Unless you are prejudiced against steel.

In which case I say: “Shame on you!” : ) In fact, the title could easily be used to describe me, ya know? My 4 story, dark skinned, big horned, fire eyed, fiery sword totin’ self. But no, the “friend” I am getting ready to talk about in this blog is not only Black but Italian. Yep, A big black Italian bastard…

For the literally and contextually challenged among us, I am talking about an Italian Bastard sword. I’ll admit I was having way to much fun with the wordplay. Perhaps taking some creative liberties with what is admittedly a sensitive issue to many. My bad. I guess I’ll stop now. Spoilsports. Curmudgeons. Wet Blankets. Stick in the muds… OK, ok, I’ll get to the point. (HAH! I did it again! HA HA! Another “point” pun… I… Uh… *crickets chirp, twice, then go silent*)

Fine. Let me introduce you to an Italian bastard sword. In hyper black. This is a very unique sword in that it has a dark blade, hyper black or black chrome in appearance, and is of a simple classic and timeless design. If you happen to be wondering why this is called a bastard sword, the explanation is quite interesting. Bastard swords, (also knows as hand and a half swords) are so called simply because they are too long to be single handed swords, and too short to be double handed swords. They are thus called bastard swords. Interesting logic eh? I thought so.

Italian Bastard Sword - A Dark Beauty

Italian Bastard Sword - A Dark Beauty

This sword caught my eye primarily because of it’s beautiful dark and shiny finish, but that is not to say it isn’t beautiful in it’s own right, though I will honestly admit that, had it not been for the black blade, I might have passed over it without a second thought. As it is, I find myself curiously drawn to this oh, so coy sliver of hyper black steel…

Italian Bastard Sword - Hilt

Italian Bastard Sword - Hilt

The handle has a beautiful classic spiral design traversing the length of the grip, topped by a beautiful fluted pommel. The simple cross guard is elegant and sophisticated. The blade is also of a beautiful and traditional design, with a double fuller, which, extending only a third of the way down the blade, somehow only adds to the sophistication of the blade. This sword, along with it’s equally dark scabbard, make for an impressive pair. It’s just beautiful. Italian design at it’s best.

Italian Bastard Sword

Italian Bastard Sword

You know I just can’t say enough good things about the finish on this sword. I love dark finishes, but I simply get the warm and fuzzies when I see a hyper black or black chrome finish on a blade. It just gives it that extra kick that makes for an extraordinary appearance. Definitely a unique and one of a kind sword. Have I mentioned how much I love this sword? Eh? OK, ok, i’ll stop… Soon… Sometime… “Oooo, Sole Mio….!”

Italian Bastard Sword – [Reliks]