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CBD asked in SportsMartial Arts · 1 decade ago

can anyone tell me some types of swords?

I know swords like, long, flamburge, short, katana, scimitar, broad, and straight but i need some more types of swords.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Falchion- Medieval European sword with a broad blade and single edge

    Cut-and-thrust sword- Renaissance sword, similar to a rapier, but with a broader bladed designed to (duh) cut and thrust, as opposed to the rapier's thrust-only design

    Tulwar- Indian sword, similar to a saber or scimitar

    Claymore- large, two-handed sword native to Scotland

    Jian- double-edged Chinese sword, sometimes called a T'ai Chi sword. Seen in movies like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Usually single-handed, although a two-handed version exists

    Tachi- Japanese sword, similar to a katana, although it tends to have a more pronounced curve to the blade. Used by cavalry, it actually precedes the katana in development

    Cutlass- short, curved sword used in the 16-1800's on sailing ships

    Estoc- a long, stabbing Medieval sword with no real edge, designed to pierce armor

    Dao- Chinese broadsword, often with a single edge. There are a few variations of this.

    Nodachi- large Japanese sword, similar to the Katana in design, except upwards of six feet long and used to cut down horses.

    Hooked swords- an odd Chinese design, the blade is curved inward, similar to the shape of a cane. Supposedly used to hook and cut the tendons on the legs of horses.

    Zweihander- literally, "Three Hander", a German/Swiss design from the Renaissance that reaches nearly six feet long

    Gladius- Roman short sword

    Spatha- longer Roman weapon, used primarily by cavalry

    Khopesh- Egyptian design that vaguely resembles an elongated sicle

    Arming sword- your standard Medieval single-handed sword

    Long sword/War Sword- Medieval sword designed to be used with two hands. Often carried on the saddle of the horse as opposed to on the person.

    Hand-and-a-half/Bastard sword- swords from the late Medieval period that were designed to be used with either one or two hands. Instead of having parallel edges like early Medieval swords, they tapered a bit more to a point, and sometimes had finger rings so that they could be gripped slighly above the cross-guard

    Saber- curved, single-edged cavalry weapon

    Wakazashi- Japanese short sword, single-handed, of similar design to the katana

    Backsword- single-edged sword with a straight blade, used in Renaissance times

    Rapier- Renaissance stabbing sword with a long, thin blade. Sometimes used in pairs, called a "case of rapiers"

    Dha- curved, single-edged sword from Thailand, often resembling a katana

    Source(s): "Medieval Swordsmanship" and "Renaissance Swordsmanship" by John Clements, among others
  • 4 years ago

    There is some good info on medieval swords on the website below -

    Types of Medieval Sword:

    Medieval Arming Swords – Light sword worn with armor.

    Bastard Sword – French description, general term for a large sword of uncertain origins the épée bâtarde.

    Batons Sword – Early sword used as a training sword in medieval tournaments, wood or whalebone.

    Broadsword – Early Modern longsword that had a metal basket design to protect the hand.

    Claymore Sword – A two-handed long sword popular in Scotland with forward sloping quillons.

    Falchion Sword – European one handed fighting sword with a single edge and the power of an axe

    Flambard Sword – A flame-bladed sword, the wave blade design was mainly for decorative purposes.

    Great Sword – A variety of long swords fit this description used from medieval times and the renaissance.

    Katana Sword – Japanese Sword used in Japan in medieval times, commonly known as a Samurai sword.

    Long Sword – Two handled long sword straight double-edged blade used in medieval times and renaissance.

    Scimitar sword – Fighting sword used by Saracens and in the crusades, it has a steep curve.

    Short Sword – A general term to group together most short swords from the medieval period and beyond.

    Ulfberht Sword – German sword use in the Germanic period from the 8th to the 11th century.

    Zweihander Sword – German meaning two handed large sword that could only be used with two hands.

  • raub
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Zweihänder & Greatsword are 2 diverse phenomina, the latter generally used to describe hand-and-a-0.5 swords. in terms of battlefield weapons the Zweihänder would be taken because of the fact the longest form of sword that observed plenty use. The weapon certainly has a quite specialized technique related with its use; whilst it is swung "complete blade" to produce a heavy reducing blow the wielder may additionally carry close the blade beforehand of the customary hilt (consequently the small secondary "quillons" 12" or so up the blade) and use the sword as a quick, nimble polearm with a attain comparable to different swords. utilization technique grew to become into additionally quite flexiable, the pommel & hilt could be used to punch at close quarters whilst the full sword would desire to be reversed and the hilt utilized in hooking & tripping manouvres. however no longer probably at their appropriate duelling with lighter & nimbler blades such super swords have been ambitious vs. polearms & armoured combatants.

  • 1 decade ago

    Katana, odachi, tanto, rapier... wow, I'm drawing a complete blank now.

    Source(s): Training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu) among other martial arts.
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