Every great sword has a name…
First drawn for use beneath a full moon in the last -24 degree winds of solid winter, to train my arms and legs while the world slept around me, I will call my gageom “Gov a Wav” meaning ‘Smith of Winter’ in my tribal language (and no, I’m not making it up: gov = smith, a = of, Gwav = the winter, but the G drops because it’s following a which causes the second form mutation… just in case there were linguists in the crowd.)
Why? The sword is already forged!
It is. But the sword is the smith. As I discovered when I did the flourish for Ssangsu Geombeob SaBeon a few minutes ago, my weak and faltering hand is the un-worked iron, cold-rolled steel. At my machining job I would have to pick the right cutting tool to shape the steel into a useful tool. In this case, the sword is the cutting tool and I am what needs shaping.
But it’s a gageom (practice metal sword)! It doesn’t even have an edge! How can that be great enough to deserve a name?!
This is my training sword. It is the weight I need to master, the balance I need to master. This is the blade I will draw and sheathe a thousand times for every time I draw a jingeom (sharpened metal sword). This sword will have a greater effect on me, for longer, than any jingeom unless I cut off a finger or a leg.
And I have named it. There are many like it… but Gov a Wav is mine.
PS. It is possible to run through the 9-4 Gup material one time through before you get frostbite without gloves or a coat. It is a great motivator to move quickly!