Here is an 1885 article I found a while back. The article fictionalizes a small-sword’s biography, from its creation to its retirement.
The article is from the charmingly-named Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art. Besides its celebration of swordsmanship, the article is interesting as a snapshot into the late 19th-century: the article is full of classical references, Victorian manliness, and commentary on passing mores.
I haven’t seen this article provided anywhere else, so I hope this is new for people.