Gold dagger, from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, Carter # 256dd; 31.9 cm; blade 20.1 cm; Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Two similar daggers were found in Tutankhamun's tomb, one with a gold blade (in image 26) and the other with an iron blade. Gold daggers were reserved for the nobility, but bronze or copper daggers were used from the Old Kingdom on in Egypt.
i-must-own-this: Drop of Blood Ear Dagger English pewter dagger with a red, faceted Swarovski crystal. Post is is surgical-steel (see above for nickel allergy details). Requires one standard piercing. Measures 70mm x 22mm x 6mm. Weighs 4 grams. Order is for ONE dagger. If you want a pair of earrings, you have to order two. This is the coolest earring I have ever seen.
Ottoman shamshir, 19th Century, Iranian wootz steel blade, scabbard set with gold, diamonds, emeralds and pearls, jade handle, a ceremonial sword, used for an investiture ceremony, a perfect symbol of the luxury, extravagance and workmanship in the Ottoman Empire, said to have been made in 1876 for the investiture of the Ottoman sultan Murad V (reigned May 30–August 31, 1876). He suffered a nervous breakdown before the ceremony and was deposed and imprisioned until his death in 1904.
I think this picture nicely depicts what it must be like to have a special power and to use it so much that it begins to destroy you from the inside out. I have always wanted to write a story about that. -Emily Joyner