Replica swords make for great ornaments, but they're also as dangerous as the real thing — as a recent domestic disturbance in Houston proves.
On one side, we have live-in boyfriend and occasional cosplayer Eugene Thompson, and on the other we have the estranged husband of Thompson's girlfriend. The whole sorry saga began with Thompson and his girlfriend having an heated argument, at which point she telephoned her separated partner, who made his way over to the house.
Thompson refused to let the estranged hubby into the property, but his girlfriend unlocked the door and granted access — at which point the story takes a turn for the strange, as Thompson himself explains:
I heard him heading to the bedroom where I was, so I jumped in the closet and I grabbed one of my replica swords, and I pulled it out and stood at the doorway, and he was coming down the hallway at me while I was yelling, 'Go away, you don't live here' and he just walked right into the point of the sword, I don't know if he thought it was a toy.
I do anime conventions and stuff, dress up in costume. So I got it, because it’s a good replica, and it looks nice, and it so happens to be pointed and bladed.
Thompson was able to lock the man out of the house, but he forced the door and the fight resumed, with the jilted husband taking a cut to the chest and leg. Despite brandishing Hyrule's most potent bladed weapon, Thompson didn't come away from the encounter unscathed, however — he was hit over the head with a flower pot. It's unknown if any Rupees were to be found inside.
Both men were taken to hospital and treated for their wounds, but thankfully the fair maiden — sorry, girlfriend — was unharmed in the incident.