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Sword tattoosSword Tattoos -  As a warrior's symbol, the sword is often emblematic of military honor and should incite the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue.

It is symbolic of liberty and strength. During the Middle Ages, the sword was often used as a symbol of the word of God. The sword (especially borne with flames) is also a symbol of purification.

When borne with a cross in the same field, the sword signifies the defense of the Christian faith. The usual form is a long straight blade with a cross handle, though the blade may also be waved or stained with blood.

There are also specific types of swords that may be described such as the falchion or seax, which is a broad bladed, slightly curved sword with a semi-circular notch at the back of the blade. Other sword types include a scimitar, cutlass or sabre.


Sword Inspiration Gallery - Click here to get inspired!A sword is often depicted piercing an animal or a human heart.

Two swords crossed in saltire is an emblem of St. Paul.

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