I am so excited! I was like a kid in the proverbial candy store, cruising the great website of Darkwood Armory
Because I’d decided that I was going to treat myself to a true fighting sword – an English Basket Hilt Backsword, no less, such as my hero from SHAKESPEARE’S REBEL - John Lawley – would have wielded in 1600. The very sword I shall be wielding at the Canadian launch for the book (as I mentioned yesterday) at BARD ON THE BEACH Vancouver on July 22nd.
This is it – or a part of it anyway.
Though I’ve decided, quite unlike my plain speaking hero, to gussy it up a bit. I shall have a crimson grip. I shall wear oxblood calf skin gloves.
Well, how often do I get to throw my dodgy lower limbs around a stage these days clutching bladed weaponry?
Might as well go for it, eh!
Darkwood is awesome. I had them make me a custom Spanish Bilbao rapier and dagger set that I use for historical fencing. Looks just like the one Viggo Mortensen uses in ‘Alatriste.’
Btw, just stumbled across this blog/you via CW Gortner and I’m stoked that there’s someone else out there writing historical adventure. Its an awesome genre but one that doesn’t have a ton of writers being published in (or as much as I’d like to see anyways).
Ah, the Bilbo blade! Wonderful. And love that film.
So glad you are keen on all things historical. We few must stick together.