The Blade and The Scabbard
I have this lovely dagger/I want you all to see… It’s made of brass
and diamonds/It’s worth at least ten G…
I am sure you are now all saying to yourselves…hey… you’ve just
said it all Benjamin. We’re going to go look at the image of your
diamond dagger and its scabbard and then we’re done. Finito! The end.
By golly…what else is there to say about blades and scabbards?
Yeah…well…let me tell you this folks. The enormity of information
…historical and mythological and magical and fantastical …on
blades and scabbards of all sorts is staggering.
It was used as a proclamation to voice resolve. Carl Gustav Emil
Mannerheim…considered to be the George Washington of modern
Finland…during the War of Independence in 1918… announced that he
would not put his ‘sword into its scabbard’ until Lenin’s last warrior
and hooligan was driven out of Finland.
There is a series of books about a tough and courageous crime fighter.
His name…lest you should all wither away with curiosity…is:
Captain Al Scabbard. Need I say more?
There is a military society…founded in 1904 or 1905 by five officers
at the University of Wisconsin. It’s name… yup…you guessed
it…Scabbard and Blade.
But still…you may all well ask…why bother making a blade and a
scabbard with diamonds? After all…a knife is a knife and a sheath is
a sheath…and is there really so much variety in this mundane topic
to warrant making jewelry out of it? Hoo hah! Boy do I have news for
you. Here are some variations on a theme…for those of you who need
to attach importance to things.
There’s the dagger…the dirk…the oriental sword. There’s the ninja
sword. There’s the samurai sword. There are medieval swords and
fantasy swords and movie swords. There are cane swords and throwing
knives and swords of the ancients. There’s the sword in the stone.
There are swords of light and swords of shadows and swords of
darkness. There’s the Medusa Dagger… for those of you mythologically
oriented. There’s the Isis dagger for the Egyptians…and there are
Viking swords. And as each foot needs its shoe…so does each sword
need its scabbard.
By now you are all surely wondering…hey…how come there ain’t more
bejeweled blades and scabbards out there? I ask myself the same
question. It is indeed a wonderment to baffle the keenest minds in the
And so we come to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From movie swords and
Vikings and Isis to the Saudis…you ask? Don’t ask. We are now in
the middle east. In a couple of micro-seconds we may well be on the
Moon. No one can fathom these mysteries. For sheer opulence…these
oil bearing countries present bejewelled varieties such as the world
rarely sees. And our diamond dagger is no exception.
Hilt and guard decorated with arabesque motif. Pav� set with diamonds
as is the scabbard. A sight for even the most jaded eye. Go quick to
take a look…before some genie grabs it and wreaks havoc in
genie-land…as…I am told…genies are wont to do.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the table menu till you get to the box that says
Tidbits…and inside the box where it says Tidbit Graphics…click on
the link that says: dagger…where you will see a graphic of our
blade and scabbard.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all next
week. Benjamin Mark
TYLER-ADAM CORP.–Jewelry Manufacturers
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