MERLIN THE MAGICIAN DAGGER (722 Ivory) by MARTO of Spain This beautiful Marto Fantasy Dagger measures 18 inches and is one of three models of the Merlin Magician Dagger Series by Marto. The 11 1/2 inch blade is of quality world famous Toledo 420A fully tempered stainless steel and is polished to a mirror finish. This truly magnificent piece features an intricate detailed handle flowing into a serpentine blade. The hand guard features a serpent beast with hooved legs that extend down to embrace the tang and its wings wrap further round with tips that almost meet at the blade surface. The beast, cast in bronze, has the tail of a scorpion and the head of a dragon which act as a beautiful hand guard for this large fantasy dagger. The handle features a faux Ivory dragon scaled serpentine body surmounted with a highly detailed head of Merlin with flowing beard whose bronze cast helmet is designed as a perfect pommel to finish the piece. This is so much an impressive piece that when seen and held literally wields true magic upon all that experience it.
Marto has been a leader in quality for nearly 50 years, and as many collectors know, the attention to the exquisite detailing and fine materials as exemplified in this museum quality Merlin Dagger has established Marto as skilled artisans of the finest decorative swords and weapons available in the world today.
• Overall Length: 18" • Blade Length: 11 1/2" • Blade Thickness: 3/16" • Blade Material: 420A Stainless Steel, single faux edged, mirror polished.
• Handle: Solid metal pommel and guard cast in bronze, simulated Ivory Handle
• Point of Balance: approx 1/8" from guard
• Weight: 2lbs 1oz
LEGEND OF MERLIN MERLIN His name means FALCON. When he was born to the beautiful Lady of the Lake, the great druid Hafgan, from whom Merlin was to learn all his magic, announced the birth of "The Great Lord of Light". His grandfather taught him to be a great warrior and tireless defender of the Empire. He became Merlin the warrior-druid, loyal counselor to Uther, supreme ruler of Britain. On the death of Uther, without any legitimate heir, Merlin drove his sword Excalibur into a solid rock and gave his people a message: "You look for a sign. Who pulls this sword from the rock will be the true King of all England". Merlin then became tutor to Uther's bastard son Arthur, teaching him all the wiles of a good sovereign and keeping him hidden until the time came to unsheathe Excalibur from its rock and claim his title as King of England. Once peace and harmony ruled in Britain, Merlin withdrew to his own abode. "Now you can continue to rule without my advice, go on ruling fairly and the future will speak of you".