I think the new swords are really cool, and are a welcome addition to the castle arsenal. On a side note, I am also a huge fan of the new spear piece with the rubber tip. The new long sword looks great and not to fancy compared to the old long sword, which I found hard to clip into minifigs' hands. I also love the new gladius/shortsword, I use it as a basic infantry sword. But I'm not that big on the new fancy round shortsword that was introduced in the heroic knight fig in series 9, and has seen continued use in the new castle line, which I like as a theme. I say use the new long sword or gladius or the old sword.
Christian and homeschooler. Lego, Star Wars, Tolkien, Narnia, Harry Potter, and Minecraft lover. Ninjas>pirates, Yellow fig heads>flesh heads. Joshua 1:9The Brick Tavern Flickr