Did someone say SWORDS
Firstly, Miss Fishy, I am jealous in the extreme. One of the great high points in my museum career (which I will
resume if ever the opportunity arises) was the opportunity to hold, at different times, the sabres of Confederate
Generals Robert E. Lee (a finely-decorated custom made presentation blade) and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
(a standard-issue officer's sword, quite plain). Both can be seen at the Museum of the Confederacy
. Each sword
reflected the personality of its owner well, although to be fair, Lee had a more appropriate one for regular duty.
Secondly, Mr. Raliel, is the Heron Armory in any way related to Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" books? I have seen
swords marketed in those very catalogues under that name, and I suspect the purveyors would be less than pleased
at what might seem an unauthorized use of the licensed brand name. I second your suggestion against buying such
blades (unless, of course, one wishes for something simply to hang on the wall and look cool...)
As for my own collection... well, one day it will
include a poorly balanced, technologically backward double-edged
straight sword along the 9th-10th century west-European style... hand-made
... if I can ever afford it.