Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 23, 2013
I recently turned 35 years old and got a little closer to my early retirement goal. While I don’t always buy myself a birthday gift, I decided to do so this year. I also had some fun of thinking about what I want. I really don’t want any more electronics…I literally own everything I could think of using (which says a lot about my previous shopping). Therefore I gave myself some permission to daydream a bit and I can up with an old idea: I wanted to buy a sword.
Sword?!?! Yes, that sharp pointy thing made of steel. You see I’m a geek and have been since about 15 years old and I love reading/watching fantasy type book/shows. It’s one of my favorite forms of entertainment. And I have wanted to buy a sword for those previous 20 years, but it always seemed like such a frivolous dream. After all, what can one really use a sword for…it’s something to look at and perhaps cut some branches from a tree at most.
Yet I came to realize that after paying off my mortgage, saving well and buying most my other wants…it is ok to buy that odd dream item. $350 for a sword might sounds insane, but if you replace the word ‘sword’ with ‘art object’, it really isn’t that much different. It’s main job is to look nice and to be honest, I only want to buy one. It’s not like I’m starting a collection here.
Yet this is me, so I did some serious online research on who makes a good sword, where to buy them and what to watch out for. I came to realize that there are entire classes of swords. First up is the stainless steel type that look nice, but you can never actual swing at anything. Second, there are the ones used in movies and stage productions which are blunted and made lighter and third there are the actually usable swords made of tempered carbon steel. I went for the real one, I might only swing it a few times, but it’s a dream alright. For more information check out this article.
Then I learned there are styles from every point in history, plus copies of those used in movies. So if you wanted a Lord of The Rings sword…you can buy one. Needless to say it took my days just to look around at the options and further days to figure out what I like and didn’t and what I really wanted.
In the end I bought the following sword (click to see a bigger image) and after 20 years of wanting one. After all if I have wanted one for this long I think it is a good dream to fulfill. So did you ever buy one of your long time dreams? If so, which one? If not, why not?