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Say Yes to the Blade ...

Picking a blade is like picking your wedding dress.

Really, it is.

If anyone has ever watched Say Yes to the Dress, a reality show that takes place at Kleinfeld's, a posh bridal store in New York, which follows brides in their search for the perfect wedding gown, you will know what I'm talking about. You may recall that once a bride finds her gown, the consultant always asks: "Is this your dress?" Then the bride says "Yes! This is my dress!" and everyone claps and much merriment is had by all.

Well the same can be said for a blade. If you are a fighter of the female persuasion, searching for the perfect blade is like searching for the perfect gown, only that the object of your search will be more utilitarian in nature and will provide a different kind of satisfaction. So there.

At any rate, you can order a blade online, but nothing beats the experience of holding that weapon in your hands and feeling the balance, the shape, the weight, the form, and then having the sudden realization that yes, this is your blade.

Take for instance, my search for a weapon for cut and thrust. I had not planned on purchasing one this Pennsic, although I had it contemplated it in the budget just in case. However, my plan involved borrowing other people's blades and playing with them at practice in order for me to figure out what I wanted.

Oh, that, and visiting Darkwood Armoury at Pennsic just to take a look on what was available.

That was my first mistake.

This is like going shoe shopping at the Mall when they are having a sale. At least in my case, I am totally powerless. Just ask ballistabob

Anywhoo, I arrived at Darkwood Sunday morning of War Week, along with my resident enabler (Balistabob), and started looking at blades. And taking them out of the rack. And playing with them. And feeling them.

And then, all of a sudden, it happened.

Against all my expectations, I fell in love with a two handed sword.

It fit my hands like it was waiting for me. The balance was unparalleded.

It was perfect.

I fell in love.

Osprey, cracked up when I said. "You need to ask me: Is this your blade? Because I will say yes, this is my blade. And by the way, I think I will need a tiara and a veil to go with it."

I have named her (the blade, not Osprey), Little Big Terror.

Now, I need to learn the two handed sword technique.

But that's a matter for a different entry.

PS. I cannot think of a suitable analogy to wedding gowns for picking blades for guys, although the thought of having the guys of the Atlantian Order of the White Scarf all attired in white lace and flowers is an intriguing one. If you guys can think of a manly-man analogy, I'd love to hear about it!



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Ah Darkwood.... How I love thee. And I don't even fight!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Manly-man analogy = car shopping
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't know. I have those moments car shopping. =)
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh ... car shopping. Hmmmm...
Aug. 24th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I can't get behind the dress analogy (to me, weddig dresses are like elephants - nice to look at, but I don't want to own one). Cars, however - I can understand that ;-)
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
"although the thought of having the guys of the Atlantian Order of the White Scarf all attired in white lace and flowers is an intriguing one"

so glad there was not anything in my mouth when I read this!!!OH the imagery.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
They would look lovely!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ok I can see some of them in white lace and flowers.. celric sure.. ragnar not really.. rufus pigboy NO. Jimmy it would have to be done correctly on.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think he'd have to be unconscious.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
That can be arranged ...
Aug. 24th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Not Geoffrey - either of them. A simple, taseful falling band? Yes. Lace and flowers, not so much.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh holy moly - Darkwood does such beautiful, beautiful work. Pix please!!
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Will do!
Aug. 24th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Lisabetta,the youth fighter who lost all her equipment in a car fire on the way to Pennsic, said the same thing about the blade she purchased.
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
There you go! Just say yes to the blade :-)
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe cars, but you know, there's nothing I've had the "Oh yes, it will be mine, it will be mine" urge with like my swords.
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
My preciousssss ....
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I totally had the mental image of the sword glowing accompanied by an angelic "AHHHHH!" sound.

Perhaps I watch too many trashy movies. ;)

Congrats on the new sword!
Aug. 24th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
I totally had the mental image of the sword glowing accompanied by an angelic "AHHHHH!" sound.

That's pretty much how it felt. I could almost see the light surrounding me. LOL.
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