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Medieval and Oriental Swords

Updated on April 8, 2013

Swords: Their History and Their Use.

This lens is for everyone out there that just loves swords aesthethically and for what they stand for.

"Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger; the earliest specimens date to ca. 1600 BC. The Iron Age sword remained fairly short and without a crossguard. The spatha as it developed in the Late Roman army became the predecessor of the European sword of the Middle Ages, at first adopted as the Migration period sword, and only in the High Middle Ages developed into the classical Arming sword with crossguard." (thats the wikipedia intro)

For lots of people the sword is the symbol of honor, strenght, chivalrous behavior, and its bearer should pursue honorable deeds and to use his dexterty with this fine weapon as his ally to conquer and vanquish evil.

The sword is very much present in everything that is powerfully good - Gods have them, Myth Creatures have or guard them, the sword Excalibur has the power to pick the rightfull king of britain etc....

Practitioners of traditional fencing and reconstitutions and even just sword enthusiasts like me are always looking for some beatifull swords to add to their armoury. But what is the best sword for you? Are you the European Knight Type? The Samurai Warrior? Or maybe the Fantasy Sword guy... Pick the type using my lens has the consultant.


One-Handed Swords

Small but dynamic...

The One-Handed Sword is a sword ment to be held in the primary hand so the other is free to use a shield or a parrying dagger.

One-Handed Swords are usually worn by soldiers too weak to effectivelly wear a Two-Handed weapon or in cases where defense is vital, like on a city siege against greater numbers - so the shields can be used to block overwhelming charges.

For us collectors, one-handed swords are a good choice because they dont take too much space and because ceremonial arms are always one-handed, there are exquisite models or replicas which are beautifully decorated and worked. In my opinion though, two-handed swords look really mighty and they have my vote.

Two-Handed Swords

Strong and Mighty...

Two-handed Swords are the swords of choice to strong men and highly skilled users.

That is because its strenght can penetrate armor and its size allows parrying - but only if you are skilled enough.

Two-Handed swords are the best looking swords for me. The huge blade and the worked hilts make my delights. No-Dachi warriors (on the right) in japan are known for their ultimate skill with two handed weapons, bearing an even longer blade than the two-handed Katana, they used to charge weak formations to break them.

I never have enough two-handed swords.... Really wished to have all that I wanted :D

But dont we all....

Hand and a Half Sword

Its not meat, its not fish...

A Hand and a half sword, colloquially known as a "bastard sword", was a sword with an extended grip that could be used with either one or two hands. These swords did not provide a full two-hand grip but they allowed its wielders to hold a shield or parrying dagger in their off hand, or to use it as a two-handed sword for a more powerful blow.

These kinds of swords are the ones I have more, they look badass like the two-handed but are often decorated and ceremonial wish means they are ellaborate looking.

On the Right is my favorite sword up till the date - a Hand and a Half Sword.

European Swords

Strenght and Honor

European sword are the typicall swords. If you like the idea of Chivalry, Honor, Strenght and Knighthood you will love collecting these.

It gives the armory a touch of rustic, strenght and glory.

You might want to combine in some shields and armor, make a family banner, do some wooden supports for the swords itself - this is my kind of sword.

Dont you just love em?

Oriental Swords

Elegance, Technique, Pride

Oriental Swords, in opposition to European Swords, represent Elegance, Technique, Pride. Self-Control.

These swords will give your armory a sense of luxury, make it distinguished, sleek.

You should add some samurai helmets and linen canvas with cherry blossoms and such, it will be really cool.

These are for the ones who preffer samurai over knight and duels over to great skirmish.

Not my fave, but I got to admit, they have style.

Fantasy Swords - Last but not least

Fantasy swords can be one handed or two handed.

They can have all kinds of grips, blades, edges and be oriental, medieval, steampunk.... virtually everything.

There are countess replicas of recognizable swords, like Lord of the Rings swords, Final Fantasy ones... even Warcraft swords. The great plus of owning a fantasy sword is that it holds a meaning within you... you know the history of it and like it so it is a really personal item.

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    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have a friend who has a large collection of Japanese swords - he will love to read this.

    • Ram Ramakrishnan profile image

      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      It would be great to have a collection of historical weapons.

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      CarreiraS 6 years ago

      @AnnaAdam LM: Thanks AnnaAdam,

      After you buy your first you cant stop

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      AnnaAdam LM 6 years ago

      Informative lens about an ancient weapon Sword. Informative.