We all have that friend who, despite whatever he or she tells you, keeps a sword hanging on his wall on the off chance he has to fend off a home invasion with his blade of choice. He may tell you that it's hanging on his wall because he appreciates the game/movie/historical era it comes from, but the truth, even if it's just on a subconscious level, is that he really hopes he actually gets to use it one day.
Or so I assume. Between you and me, I never understood the appeal of the "sword as wall decoration" thing when we live in a world where we could buy and mount dinosaur bones, album covers and diplomas onto our walls.
At least, I didn't understand until I read this story about how a Katy man defended himself from his girlfriend's ex-husband with a replica of the greatest video game weapon of all time, The Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda. That guy got to live the dream of everyone who has ever ordered a replica sword online.
Between The Katy Master Sword Home Defender, the Phoenix Light Rail Samurai, Game of Thrones and yet another Hobbit movie, it's a good time to be a fan of the sword, even if their existence in modern culture leads to all sorts of weird questions.More »