The magic charm of ancient weapons
There are people who simply can not resist the magical charm of ancient weapons. They usually form a whole collection of antique blades or pistols. But do not forget that the possession of even antique weapons requires permission and an expert opinion confirming its cultural and historical value.
Not every weapon antiques successfully passes such an examination, mistakes in this matter, unfortunately, are not excluded, but even worse if it suddenly turns out that the acquired “valuable” copy is a fake. Of course, such a purchase will not bring joy. And it’s not even a matter of money, for a wealthy person, it is precisely such people who can afford the pleasure of collecting old weapons, the loss of money is nothing compared to a huge disappointment. After all, he acquired not just weapons, but an artifact that carries the breath of time, a special energy of risk, bloodshed, stay between life and death, the courage and courage of its former owners, and perhaps the seal of great historical events. The collector buys not only the item itself, but also its “soul”.
Perhaps that is why among fans of collecting collections there are much more men than women. However, there are often women who not only collect antique airguns, but also understand it even better than the stronger sex. And yet, they primarily appreciate the objects of their collections for beauty and grace, and they are especially admired by weapons designed specifically for women. The ladies’ collection most often becomes the decoration of the bedroom.
Again, with regard to men, they prefer to keep their meeting in other places where you can be alone with yourself, indulge in thought. This is either a study, or a library, or a specially equipped weapons room.
As for the prices of antique weapons, it is difficult to give a specific definition. An original, as a rare item, costs exactly as much as you are willing to pay for it, and the amount, as a rule, can only be known to the seller and the buyer. And the prices that are set at auctions, for example, on swiss arms p1911, are unlikely to serve as a serious guide, since such events are often held for dealers, and the cost of weapons that went under the hammer can increase by several times. In addition, the level of auctions can be different, for a lot that was sold at one price for one item, a considerable price will be requested at the start.
However, for a true connoisseur of ancient weapons, the price is unimportant, for him collecting is not investing, but a real pleasure that cannot be appreciated with any money.
Knightly swords are one of the most revered artifacts of antiquity. They were extremely expensive to manufacture, but for the warriors themselves it was primarily their life, a life in arms. Many of the knights believed that their sword was something special that would protect them not only from the blades and other weapons of the enemy, but also from the magical forces of evil.
Knight’s sword, however, like any other sword is an offensive weapon. It differs from that of the same saber in that it has a double-edged sharpening of the blade. Swords are usually used in the application of chopping strikes, although the possibility of stabbing is not completely excluded. Having a large mass, a knightly sword could literally cut the enemy in half.
The most famous sword from which many European swords came was the Roman sword called Gladius, which was small in length, which made it possible to quickly attack the enemy and equally use the technique of delivering not only chopping blows, but also stabbing ones. The length of the sword was usually not more than sixty centimeters. Iron was usually used as the material, although quite often one can find specimens of a sword made of bronze. This sword was widely used not only by the Romans, but also by the Greeks, Spartans and Germanic tribes, who after a while modified it, as a result of which a new type of swords appeared – langsaks, which began to be effectively used by knights, who became the main warriors in this territory. The blade length of such a sword was about sixty centimeters, and the width of the blade usually reached three and a half centimeters. However, the knights were not very pleased with the characteristics of the langsax. Firstly, the length of the blade was quite small, and secondly, due to the small width of the blade, it was impossible to mortally strike the enemy with a sword or perceive an attack with hostility. In this regard, a new heavy sword was made, which was called scramasax. The scramasaxa blade reached a length of seventy-five centimeters, and the width of the blade was approximately doubled, and amounted to about six and a half centimeters. This sword was just perfect in order to destroy the enemy’s troops, or just to be ready for his attack, which is called to meet with hostility. It is worth noting that there are separate finds of Scramasaxians, which reach a length of one hundred and twenty centimeters, with a blade length of ninety centimeters. Such swords were usually two-handed, as a result of which the knight had practically no opportunity to defend himself from the enemy. However, on the other hand, powerful blows simply tore the flesh of the enemy into separate pieces, leaving no chance whatsoever.
As a rule, German swords were highly effective in battle, and were used for more than five centuries, until the beginning of the Merovingian era – the first dynasty of Frankish kings. With the advent of this dynasty, the German knightly swords began to fade into another plane, as a result of which they were soon completely lost sight and use.