I've been watching a lot of Man At Arms: Reforged. A friend got me in with the episode where they make the blade from Kuromukuro and show more traditional techniques for forging a Japanese blade. Since then, I've powered through a number of episodes, and I've really enjoyed how they work to make the weapon functional (to some extent) while also being decorative.
It occurred to me while watching that decorative but functional weapons, especially like what they're making, is also a staple in RPGs. Magic swords, awakened blades, items crafted by legendary smiths, these are all found in near every table top game. Heroes may always have swords, but what does that sword look like? Link's Master Sword looks different from Saber's Excalibur and neither look like Aragorn's Anduril.
There can be a lot of character in a weapon, the appearance, the size, the color, how it's outfitted.
So what does your character's weapon look like, if you know?
At present, I'm still working through it with my characters. My primary one in play, Mirumoto Rei has two weapons that were the weapons of another character I played. The names are Hyourinmaru and Senden.
The name Hyourinmaru means Full Moon, but it also has association with Ice. It's also the name of Hitsugaya from Bleach, and they share this name for reasons relating to their abilities. I picture Hyourinmaru as a weapon with a silver pommel cap, pale grey wraps, a silvered tsuba (hand guard) and habaki (the metal fixture around the base of the blade.) The steel of the blade is smooth and polished with no hamon or forge lines, almost like a pool of frozen liquid metal.
Senden I'm not sure of yet.
What about you?