Donnie H asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

what was the type of sword for war, assasins and Duels

waht do you think a longsword, Rapier, katana, saif or any other sword you can think of wich would be the best of all time

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No sword is the best.

    The Rapier was designed for thrusting attacks, which it excelled at. However, it was not a battle weapon because it could easily become stuck in an enemy, leaving you open to another enemy.

    The Katana was designed for slicing, and can serve either as a Battle or dueling weapon equally, however, it is not as suited for thrusting because the force of impact was not direct, as the Katana has curvature.

    The Nodachi was a longer version of the Katana, and was called the "Horse Killer" or "Horse Slicer" due to it's use to cut the legs out from under passing horses in battle. A dangerous weapon, is was significantly heavier than the Katana.

    Also in the Japanese swords category was the Wakizashi. It was a short secondary sword (when worn together with the Katana was called Daisho, and allowed to be worn only by the Samurai). It's uses varied greatly. It was almost always worn, whereas a Katana was generally taken off indoors due to the narrow hallways generally found in Japaese homes. The Wakizashi was often used in Seppuku, and also served as a great "anti-assassination" sword, as it's smaller size led to greater defense, as well as the fact that it was almost always worn. It is also famous for being used by Musashi and other two swords users as a secondary sword.

    The Saber was designed for slashing, but could be used for thrusting. Used often from Horseback, the Sabre was excellent for gallop by slashing to infantry, but on the ground, the lack of momentum normally granted by being on horseback made the Sabre awkward to weild.

    Longswords used in Europe were cutting and thrusting implements, but slashing was almost out of the question. Often one handed, the Long sword was a dangerous weapon against unarmored or lightly armored opponents.

    The Broadsword made up for any power disadvantages its smaller, Longsword cousin lacked. However, with this came a practical neccessity for two handed holds, making it a slower weapon.

    Smaller weapons like daggers and knives included the Japaese Tanto, used often for assassination or Seppuku (ritual suicide), and the Main Gauge, used either for two sword fighting, but also at times for assassination.

    Source(s): Instructor of Kenjutsu Martial arts for 17 years Student of Military History
  • 4 years ago

    Assuming a duel to the death. While the rapier is indeed a decent choice, it is by far not the best duelling weapon. While it is true the rapier was designed for duels, the context that is missing is that proper swords were banned for normal civilians during this time, which lead to the invention of the rapier for honorable combat between citizens. No, the best duelling weapon would easily be the chinese broadsword simply due to its combination of weight and versatility. I have personally cut competition rapiers in half with my broadsword. Furthermore, rapier combat is a 2 dimensional affair. The degree of angles one can attack at are very limited as the rapier is a hopelessly useless cutter but highly effective thruster. The dan dao (broadsword) wielder would easily exploit this with trap parries and turns with slashes. It is said that the dan dao is not a good thruster. This could not be farther from the truth. I fact, the dan dao would kill with a thrust by cutting along is broad edge rather than a point. This lead to much larger wounds and minimized the chances of getting the blade hung up in some part of the body.

  • 1 decade ago

    no sword is the best

    each and every weapon used in combat was designed specifically for the purpose it needed to serve and the conditions of the battlefield.

    on a classical European battlefield a katana would be useless against heavy plate or chain mail armor but on a Japanese battlefield a broadsword was way too bulky and hefty too handle compare to the finer katana.

    each was made for a purpose and served it's purpose well, but there's no way to compare them

  • 1 decade ago

    Shinobi Katana.

    Source(s): Martial arts training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu), Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Hapkido, Aikido, and Maharlika Kuntaw.
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