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For other uses, see Jack Sparrow's sword (disambiguation)
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JackSparrowSword
Jack Sparrow's sword
Production information
Manufacturer

Tortuga blacksmith

Type

Hanger

Cost

5 shillings

Technical specifications
Usage
Owner(s)

Jack Sparrow

Affiliation

Jack Sparrow

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides

"And I half expected it to be made of wood."
James Norrington on seeing Jack's sword for the first time[src]

The sword favored by Captain Jack Sparrow was a rusty, worn out, old hanger. Longer than the standard cutlass that most pirates favor, Jack would have used this sword through some of his many adventures. In battle, Jack wielded this sword to keep his enemies a couple of extra inches away. Jack also kept his sword in a leather sheath, protecting the sword's blade.

History

Early use

Little is known about this sword's making, or who made it, but it is known that it was forged in the town of Tortuga. At some point after having made a deal with the fearsome Davy Jones, Jack Sparrow bought this sword for five shillings. Jack would have used his sword on his many adventures in his pirate life, first seen during Jack's search for the Shadow Gold.[1]

Blood of the Aztec Curse

"You think this wise, boy? Crossing blades with a pirate?"
Jack Sparrow to Will Turner[src]
Fight on Isla de Muerta 14

Jack stabbed with his sword by Hector Barbossa.

Jack Sparrow had the sword after Hector Barbossa's first mutiny on the Black Pearl, and was marooned on Rumrunner's Isle. Ten years after the mutiny, he had the sword on his belt when he arrived to Port Royal. Jack wore his sword as he was chased by James Norrington's men of the Royal Navy, shortly after Norrington commented that he half-expected Jack's sword to be made of wood. While in a blacksmith's shop, Jack used his sword in a duel with Will Turner. Later, after some misadventures revolving around Elizabeth Swann's rescue in Isla de Muerta, Jack dueled with Barbossa in battle. During their fight, Jack stabbed Barbossa with his sword, and Barbossa returned the deed; but failed as both pirates were immortal from the Aztec curse, thereby letting neither die. They both grabbed their swords and continued fighting. Jack ultimately won the duel, and still had the sword.[2] After he escaped Fort Charles from being hung, he left his sword in their prison; though he later retrieved it under the Royal Navy's detection.

Search for the Dead Man's Chest

Jack versus the Kraken

Jack Sparrow fighting the Kraken with his sword.

After a series of misadventures, in which Jack did use his sword in, Jack began looking to settle his deal with Davy Jones by finding the Dead Man's Chest. He had the sword when Bootstrap Bill Turner gave Jack the Black Spot. And after he escaped the Pelegostos, he had the sword when he met with Tia Dalma, when he bargained with Jones again, and when he was recruiting more crewmen in Tortuga. Jack later used the sword in Isla Cruces, during a three-way fight with Will Turner and James Norrington. He later used the sword when he faced the Kraken, which led to his supposed death. As Jack was battling the Kraken, he went down with the Black Pearl.[3]

A Pirate Lord's weapon

Even after death, Jack Sparrow still had his sword when he was sent to Davy Jones' Locker. After Jack escaped the Locker, he had kept the sword close to him throughout their latest adventure. The sword was with him during the Fourth Brethren Court and when he was taken aboard the Flying Dutchman. However, the sword perhaps earned its best honor when Jack dueled with Davy Jones atop the masts of the Dutchman in the Battle of Calypso's maelstrom. In his duel with the King of the sea, Jack used his sword to great effect, slicing off one of Jones' facial tentacles before disarming Jones, and then raising his sword to deliver a killing blow.[4]

JS broken sword

Jack after Davy Jones breaks his sword.

However, Jones simply raised his claw, caught the sword, and snapped it. Jack though was so attached to his sword that he sheathed it for future use, though it served little use when he confronted Jones a second time. The sword's last act in the battle was when it was used by a wounded Will Turner and Jack to finally stab the heart of Davy Jones, thus defeating Jones for good. After the battle was won, Jack sailed to Tortuga, where he quite possibly had his sword reforged.[5] Upon finding the sword was whole once again, Jack sailed to find the Fountain of Youth in a dinghy.[4]

Quest for the Fountain of Youth

During his search for the Fountain of Youth, Jack used his sword on a number of occasions. Jack used the sword during a duel with an impostor, who turned out to be Angelica, in the Captain's Daughter. He also used it during his mutiny on the Queen Anne's Revenge. The sword would hang on Jack's belt when the Revenge arrived to Whitecap Bay where a mermaid attack took place, during which Jack used his sword to save Angelica from a mermaid. Though Jack's sword was snagged away by a mermaid, Angelica found it after the attack and gave it back to Jack, who would continue wearing it on his belt.[6]

JackvsScrum

Jack using his sword at the Fountain of Youth.

While Jack wore the sword on his belt during the main quest to the Fountain, he would use it in the later half of the journey. Jack used it during his reunion and brief alliance, in which he would fight against the Spanish, with Hector Barbossa. After finding the Fountain, Jack used his sword during the battle that took place, in which he would confront Scrum and Angelica.[6] Jack would continue wearing this sword on his belt.

Design and usage

POTCVisual JackSword

Jack Sparrow's sword

It may not be an admiral's sword, but in Jack's hands, it was a lethal weapon. Jack was taught swordsmanship by an Italian fencing master in exchange for a captured cargo of silk. Most pirates prefer the cutlass, but Jack felt it important to have a slightly longer sword, to keep enemies a few extra inches away.

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