A special effects retractable sword used in the production of the cult sci-fi film Flash Gordon, the 1980 science fiction picture directed by Mike Hodges. Short swords such as this can be seen used by Ming’s guards in the climactic battle sequence.
Made of metal this sword is a SFX version, which features a special effects spring-loaded retractable tip that would have been used during fight scenes to give the effect of an actor being stabbed. The handle is painted red and the blade is painted with gold paint. Exhibiting some paint chips and handling wear from production use, the sword measures 21.5″ (54.6cm) in length.
This item comes with a Hero Prop Certificate of Authenticity.