Or in the broader sense why name your weapon? It is a common occurrence, from “Excalibur” to Crockett’s “Old Betsy”. But why? What is the purpose?
I feel that when an item is given a name, we empower that item with all the qualities the name stands for. The item ceases to be just a sword and is now the voice of the movement or cause for which it was created.
The more massive the weapon, sometimes a cuter name takes on a sinister twist. Think back on Fat Boy and Little Boy, they were weapons of horror yet named possibly in jest. Contradiction in terms, and also a contradiction in the idea that to end a war we must kill.
So whatever is the purpose you may have to name, or not to name if you so wish, just make sure the name fits the power you are imbuing it with. Give a reason why the weapon has that name, not just a “sounded good” rationalization. What would the sword be without the name? Does the name gave the weapon a “power” or cause the people to envision a superior weapon? Is Excalibur still a great sword if never had the name, or does the name denote its reverence?
Fun ideas to play with. For me, I name my swords in the book, they have a meaning and purpose. One of the swords is named the “Sword of Retribution.”
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