These days, swords are merely ceremonial. There’s not a lot of need for getting in close and cutting the enemy down while your side of the battle is being bombarded with artillery and taking small arms fire. Like many holdovers from the days of yore, swords still have the power to inspire as symbols of past military glory. Some of the most famous swords from military history were given personal names, which made them distinctive weapons and a prize to their owner. Those named swords are still identified by those names, transcending centuries of history while losing non of their grandeur.