If not for Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa easily would have been the most entertaining character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa is about as endearing and simultaneously vile a character as you can find. His skill with the sword is perhaps even better than Jack Sparrow's, and his sword itelf is a notch more classy than the rugged, scrappy sword used by Sparrow.
This sword, an antiqued stainless steel blade with a marvelous full tang, fits Barbossa's personality and status well. It features an elegant clamshell motif, best expressed in the gorgeous swept hilt. The clamshell guard, very popular in the 17th and 18th century, was used to protect the hand from your opponent's blade. It was usually formed by two flat pieces of round, ornamented steel on each side of the hand. Making the gaurd actually shaped like a real clamshell adds a bit of ingenuity and humor to the sword (two words which describe captain Barbossa, incidentally (I'm speaking of Ingenuity and Humor of couorse. Although I guess 'real' and 'clamshell' might be symbolically accurate too).
But enough of this geek humor. Let's talk hilts. The exended swept hilt on this saber woudl have been both handsome and functional. All of the bars sweep around to the right, caging the hand in a webwork of steel. The resplendent clamshell guard is intricately pierced and shaped and lends a regal grace to the hilt.
The blade is a high quality stainless steel, weathered to look just like the well-worn sword of Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
The sword comes with an exquisite, framed mounting plaque (the weapon can be mounted onto the plaque for diplay, or taken off the plaque to be worn). It also comes with an individually numbered plaque so you can show the world which one of the limited edition Hector Barbossa Swords you own.
This Hector Barbossa sword is a more elaborate sword than that of Jack Sparrow.
As this is a pre-order, specs are estimates at the moment
Materials: Weathered stainless steel blade with full tang. Antiqued steel guards and pommel.
No Sheath Included.
Who’s smart enough to outwit Captain Jack Sparrow? Who’s fast enough to best him in single combat? Who’s the only other man capable of taking the helm of the Black Pearl?
Yes,yes, I know you already know. The title of this page gives it away, but could you at least pretend to be curious? Of course it’s Hector Barbosa. Who else would it be? Yes, he fell prey to the dreaded Mayan Curse (Is there any curse that is not dreaded, I ask. No one answers except the little man deep in the well of my consciouosness who says “Shut up,you. We’re trying to sleep down here!”). But beside this one little gaffe, Barbosa is so smart, so tough and so canny that it takes all three of our heroes (Sparrow, Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner) to ultimately defeat him. And even then they were not rid of him. As I’m sure you’re aware of, Barbosa plays a big role in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, At World’s End.
Not much has been revealed about Barbosa. His name is a nod to the famous historical pirate Barbarossa (stuff on Barbarossa). But who is the man behind the monkey? Who is this Barbosa who can steal the Black Pearl from Captain Jack Sparrow? Who can curse an entire crew, then keep their loyalty for years? Well, we know that he was once Jack’s first mate. And we know that he marooned Jack on a deserted island and took over as Captain of the Black Pearl. Other than that, he’s pretty much a mystery.
We can come up with a little on our own if we read the clues correctly. He is obviously a well educated man. Not only was he able to find the Mayan treasure, but he has an extremely good vocabulary, as evidenced by his first conversation with Elizabeth Swan (you’ll recall the **what’s that word they said** running joke about xxxx). He’s an extremely good swordsman, as exemplified in his duel with Captain Sparrow at the end of the original. He may be a good sailor, but he probably is not a fantastic sailor. I say this because he was outsailed by Swann and her crew at the end of Episode I, despite having the fastest ship in the Caribbean and an experienced crew. Whish is not necessarily a horrible thing; Captain Henry Morgan was said to have been a mediocre sailor, running several of his ships aground, yet he still goes down as one of the most successful pirates in history.
But Barbosa’s best trait, his most effective tool, is his charisma and leadership. He led the crew of the Black Pearl to mutiny against Sparrow, then, after getting them all cursed, they continued to follow him. He is an endearing, likable character despite being a villain in every way. It is a testament to Johnny Depp’s acting ability that Barbosa’s character doesn’t outshine Sparrow’s.
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Although the term rapier has become synonymous with any narrow-bladed sword (particularly those with fancy hilts), the term rapier actually applied to only a select few types of swords. Rapiers were narrow (usually one and a quarter inches wide), quite long, fairly heavy, and usually had only a slight edge on them. The extremely long length of the rapiers made them a bit heavy and cumbersome, not at all the Errol Flynn or Zorro-type small-swords that most people think of.