Excalibur was the sword of King Arthur (c. AD 500's), a legendary British ruler of medieval times. There are two versions of how Arthur obtained the sword. In one version Arthur received the sword from the mysterious Lady of the Lake and in the other Excalibur was embedded in a block of stone. Only the rightful heir to the throne of England could pull it out. Many men tried but only Arthur succeded. By the 13th century the story of Arthur's love for Queen Guinevere, the court of Camelot, the magician Merlin and the quest for the Holy Grail had developed. This Excalibur sword letter opener measures 17cm and has a steel blade with metal handle. It is antique silver plated and is supplied in a box with clear acetate lid and an information card.