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Best Medieval Sword Types and Their History Best Medieval Sword Types and Their History

In the Middle Ages, swords served as a symbol of the status and prestige of medieval knights. Medieval sword and blade designs adapted to military tactics of the time, with some that were more suited for thrusting and others for

Ulfberht Swords: A Contemporary Debate on the Viking Age Ulfberht Swords: A Contemporary Debate on the Viking Age

Amongst the thousands of Viking age weapons discovered throughout recent history, Ulfberht swords were one of the rarest and most highly prized. Forged and distributed between the 9th and 11th century, they are identified by the letters inlaid on the

Crusader Swords: A Look Into Its Characteristics and History Crusader Swords: A Look Into Its Characteristics and History

The crusader sword, commonly known as an arming sword or knightly sword was the weapon the medieval knights used throughout the crusading era from 1095 to 1291. Generally straight and double-edged, it was efficient against the chain mail armor of

Sword Cane: Its History and Characteristics Sword Cane: Its History and Characteristics

Disguised as an ordinary walking stick, a sword cane conceals a long slender blade. Sometimes called swordstick, it served as a self-defense weapon and a symbol of the wealth and status of the owner. Today, a sword cane generally refers

King Arthur’s Excalibur Sword: Its Origin and History King Arthur’s Excalibur Sword: Its Origin and History

One of the most famous swords in European legends, the Excalibur belonged to King Arthur of Camelot. In Arthurian legends, the magical sword protected the king and his knights. There are varying accounts on how he obtained the sword, but

Pirate Cutlass Sword: Facts and History Pirate Cutlass Sword: Facts and History

Pirates had a fearsome reputation, from targeting ships to launching attacks on coastal towns. During the Golden Age of Piracy, pirates used the cutlass sword for hand-to-hand combat on crowded decks. As a short sabre, it was efficient for chopping

Viking Sword: Its History and Development Viking Sword: Its History and Development

From the 9th to the 11th century, the Vikings raided and took control of areas of Europe and beyond. The Viking swords, including the Ulfberht sword blades, were just a few of the weapons that give us insight into one

The Rapier: History of the Dueling Sword The Rapier: History of the Dueling Sword

Most recognized for its long, slim blade, the rapier served as a civilian weapon throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, but it gradually became more associated with the court, dueling, and fashion. The swept-hilt and cup-hilt rapiers are perhaps the

Fencing Swords: A Guide on Foil, Épée, and Sabre Fencing Swords: A Guide on Foil, Épée, and Sabre

Fencing is a sport and art of swordsmanship using blunted weapons. First featured in the modern Olympic games in 1896, it remains an integral part of the event. A modern fencer uses one of the three weapons—the foil, épée, and

History of European Two-Handed Great Swords History of European Two-Handed Great Swords

Of all the two-handed swords, none are as impressive as the German zweihander and the Scottish claymore. These early Renaissance swords were longer and more powerful than medieval swords, hence being called great swords. Let us explore the history of

A Guide to the Medieval Longsword A Guide to the Medieval Longsword

During the Middle Ages, the medieval knights wielded their longswords against heavily armored opponents. Most recognized for its cruciform hilt, the longsword was light enough to use one-handed, but the long grip also allowed two-handed use. It suited the military

Kopis Sword: A Guide to The Greek Short Sword  Kopis Sword: A Guide to The Greek Short Sword 

The Kopis Sword refers to either a sword with a heavy curved blade or a single edged short sword of the same design. A sword that has influenced many cultures, the Kopis sword is popularized by the famous Assassins Creed

Zweihander: A Guide to the German Two-Handed Swords Zweihander: A Guide to the German Two-Handed Swords

Two-handed swords were long favorite weapons in many parts of Europe. Recognized for its massive long blade with parrying hooks, the zweihander was the two-handed sword of the German Landsknechts. The doppelsöldners, who skillfully wielded the weapon, were even rewarded

Hand And A Half Sword: History and Modern Use Hand And A Half Sword: History and Modern Use

Any sword enthusiast would agree that the Hand and a half sword is the most versatile and effective sword. Amazingly light and fast for a sword of this size, this sword is an iconic piece with an interesting history which

Gladius Sword: A Guide on the Roman Short Sword Gladius Sword: A Guide on the Roman Short Sword

One of the primary weapons of the Roman legions, the gladius sword played a role in creating the mighty Roman Empire. It also served as the deadly weapon of the gladiators who fought to the death in the arenas of

Claymore: A Guide to Popular Scottish Sword Claymore: A Guide to Popular Scottish Sword

One of the deadliest swords in history, the Scottish claymore sword emerged during the period of clan feuds and border wars with the English. The Scottish Highlanders and Lowlanders relied on their swords for protection and as a weapon for

The Historically Authentic Executioner Sword The Historically Authentic Executioner Sword

During the early 16th Century, decapitation was typically set aside for the nobility. While the ax was popular in England, executioner swords were used all over Central Europe for hundreds of years and particularly Germany, hence the common phrase, “German

Flamberge: A Guide to the Flame-Bladed Swords Flamberge: A Guide to the Flame-Bladed Swords

The flamberge has become synonymous with flame-bladed swords. However, the term has confused history, as it originally described the two-handed swords of the German Landsknechts and was later used to refer to the dish-hilt rapiers with a straight blade. Although