‘This will become, in time, the axe of someone…

‘This will become, in time, the axe of someone’s grandfather,’ said the King. ‘And no doubt over the years it will need a new handle or a new blade and over the centuries the shape will change in line with fashion, but it will always be, in every detail and respect, the axe I give you today. And because it’ll change with the times it’ll always be sharp. There’s a grain of truth in that, see.’