I am looking for a sword, for ritual purposes. I already got my license before I left Denmark, so I’m allowed to own a bladed weapon and carry it to its intended use, but I don’t actually own one yet.
I could go with a Toledo or Solingen, which is the right type and very well made. But I think it would be more fun to get something with a little more “patina”. Many of the Masonic type swords available on eBay are American Knights Templar swords, and that gets a little too ornamental for my taste. I prefer something simpler, like the ones I have added images of here.
The sword as a symbol is one of great importance – at least to me personally. It offers a myriad of interpretations: It is double-edged – offering both protection (love) and justice. And it is indeed the weapon of choice for Lady Justice. Holding the sword by the blade, tip down, forms a cross. It offers discrimination, truth. A sword is also esoterically a conducer of energy (particularly if wavy), and a symbol of Air (or sometimes Spirit). And Wikipedia informs me that the Latin word for sword, Gladius, also means penis, which seems obvious for a phallic symbol. The sword in the hands of Aikido- and Iaido-master Nishio-sensei is also a guide to the Way of Peace, and to the samurai the Daisho, the two swords at their side, were Strength and Honour. Then there are the symbolism drawn from myths: The sword suspended over Damocles’ head, implying the dangers of wielding power; the sword used by Solomon as the final arbitrer between the two women; the sword used by Alexander to cut through the Gordian knot. And once my wife gave me a Katana, “to fight my own demons” – awesome, and what it’s all about.
Plus, swords are cool.