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Encounters with Notable BLades

by Jim Slagle

In Chapter Five of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling, one reads the story of a prospective young wizard getting his first wand (pages 82-85 in my copy).  I've had fun comparing the fanciful tale of shopping for wands at Mr. Ollivander's store with my own actual experiences meeting blades at Angel Sword.

In this spirit of fun is the following series of articles describing my own Encounters with Notable Blades. Not only does that title express my attitude on the subject, but it sounds (to my ear) like the title of a book Harry Potter might find in the library at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The beautifully crafted blades I am describing in this series are serious weapons. They are also pieces of art. With this unique mixture of artistry, craftsmanship and combat readiness comes a certain magic.

Perhaps, ultimately, the appreciation of art and of magic must both remain forever in the eye of the beholder. In the stories that follow, the line between magical art and artful magic might just become a little blurred along the way. That would be fitting, for such is also true of the blades about which I write.

How It All Started

The Red Katana

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Scarborough Faire

April 10 - May 31
Rain or Shine

Come visit us at Scarborough Faire in Waxahachi, Texas (30 minutes south of Dallas).

Directions and ticket information can be found at the festival's web site. is sponsored by Angel Sword, maker of fine swords, daggers and other edged weapons since 1979.  Angel Sword operates one of America's premier forges - one of the few that still crafts swords, knives and daggers using the traditional methods of hammer, anvil, fire and sweat.  Each Angel Sword piece is a fully functional combat weapon that also stands alone as a work of art.
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