As I was writing this morning, the Lord spoke to me about Laban's sword and told me to write and share those things.
Laban was appointed to be the guardian of the scriptures for the group of people that accepted him as a leader. He had an intricate sword. The sword was sharp and two-edged, and was symbolic of the knowledge contained within God's word and the authority given to any and all who will seek and live the information contained within God's word.
Laban was unworthy of what he possessed. He did not seek and live according to what he was capable of. He did not correctly value what he possessed. So God took it from him and gave it to another--Nephi.
Nephi correctly valued what he possessed. He not only lived faithful to what he knew, but he sought with all his heart to know more, and I blessed him to be able to extract more information from the plates of Laban. He slayed Laban with his own sword, which is meaningful and will yield lessons to those who study it out.
Nephi took Laban's sword. Nephi made copies of that sword. He armed his people with the copies of Laban's sword. In order to copy Laban's sword, Nephi had to learn metalurgy. Whatever his skills in this field may have been before, he had to seek out and obtain greater instruction from God. It was one thing to receive Laban's sword, and it was another to copy it and provide those copies to others. Each was different, and each provided differing benefit.
No one who received Nephi's sword or any of its copies could replicate the trial Nephi undertook to obtain his sword. It was something that could only be done once. However, everyone who wielded the original sword or its copies could do all the same things with it as Nephi could.
Nephi's sword was passed down through the line of kings. Sometimes, the possessor of the sword was not recognized as the leader of the people, even if it was his right to reign. For example, the sword was possessed by both Mormon and his son Moroni. Like Jesus, both served the people as the most righteous men alive at the time, but neither sat on a temporal throne.