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    Re: Swords

    Did you know that samuries only wore armor when they went to battle or war... every other time they were in clothes like samurai champloo. thats when there at top speed.

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    Re: Swords

    exactly, because no armor could really stop those katana, the folded metal was simply too sharp and durable

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    Re: Swords

    There's a first time for many things fayt lingod.

    Broadsword comes from "broad sword" (duh) and therefore it isn't a real sword type.
    Claymore is a Scottish sword.

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    how bout opinons maybe? what do you think it doesnt have to be fact. At least tell me which one you guys like the best
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    Re: Swords

    What about chinese swords, are they any good and what are they called?

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    Re: Swords

    not sure about chinese swords srry.

    and the broadsword design was swiped off the highlanders (including holland) during a war, they renamed the sword that instead of claymore.

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    Re: Swords

    Quote Originally Posted by fayt lingod
    not sure about chinese swords srry.

    and the broadsword design was swiped off the highlanders (including holland) during a war, they renamed the sword that instead of claymore.
    Holland is the lowlands, not the highlands.

    Chinese swords are sometimes called broadswords but that name is incorrect.

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    Re: Swords

    arent they called sabres?

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    Re: Swords

    Personally I prefer Katanas, As for a sword being more superior I would say it depends on the persons skill. Here is a list of swords for whoever cares:

    Aikuchi: Japanese knife/dagger without crossguard (tsuba)

    Arming Sword: A medieval single handed sword. Any sword carried and used as a primary weapon.

    Back-sword: A single-edged European sword with a straight blade.

    Bastard sword: A sword that can be used with either one or both hands. Also called "hand-and-a-half sword".

    Bokken: A Japanese training sword made of wood.

    Broad sword: Historically it was used once in reference to swords of the blade type found in, say, the Scottish Basket Hilted Sword. Today it is misused by the stage combat community in reference to a Medieval era cut-and-thrust sword versus a rapier, i.e. a "broad" sword versus a "narrow" bladed sword. The proper term is a "Medieval cut-and-thrust sword" which would then apply to swords predating the Scottish Basket Hilted sword, e.g. Viking swords.

    Claymore: Scottish Gaelic for "great sword". Can be of two main types; either the 16th century two-handed sword with a downward-angled cross-guard, or the later basket-hilted broadsword.

    Cutlass: A short single edged curved European sword.

    Daito: Japanese longsword, i.e. katana, worn edge-up in the sashi (obi) at the waist.

    Epee: Mostly known as a modern sport fencing sword, the term existed long before the 19th century. It dates to classical antiquity. It comes from the Old French "espe," which came from the Latin "spatha." From at least the early middle ages, it has referred to a sword in general, typically the popular style of the day. 19th century duelling sword with a bell guard and a light, stiff thrusting blade

    Falcata: Forward-curving sword used in the classical world by infantry and cavalry alike. The falcata is probably the most effective cutting sword known and was carried across much of the world by Alexander the Great. The famous Nepalese Kukri is based on this design.

    Falchion: A European cutting sword, usually quite heavy, with a curved, single-edged blade.

    Flambard: Also known as a Flamberge. Derived from the language of the Moors, meaning "flame-blade." A sword with a wavy or flame-like blade, often seen on the German Zweihander.

    Gladius: The famous Roman short sword used for centuries. Various patterns existed at different times throughout the empire's history, named after the location the first specimen was discovered. The three most common types were the Mainz, Fulham and Pompeii patterns. Plural: gladii.

    Great sword: A large, wide two-handed sword found between the 13th and 14th centuries. Blades range from 32"-40" long with 6"-10"grips. Around 3 to 4 lbs.

    Katana: A Japanese sword, carried with the edge upward.

    Katzbalger: A rather short German 16th century sword with a "S"-shaped cross-guard in the horizontal plane. Used by the Landsknecht mercenary troops. The name means “cat-brawler”, referring to the close-quarter fighting where the Katzbalger was employed.

    Ken / Gim: Period swords of Korean/Chinese influence. Predecessor to modern definition of katana, though straight and single edged.

    Khopesh: Egyptian sword similar to the falcata design with a forward-curving blade.

    Kodachi: Japanese short sword, companion sword.

    Kopis: Greek for "cutter." A falcata of Greek origin, essentially.

    Longsword: A light maneuverable two handed sword.

    Main gauche: A parrying dagger used in 17th century fencing. The name is French for "left hand".

    Nagamaki: Japanese polearm with sword lengthed blade (approx. 24-26 inches) of similar curvature to a katana with a long grip just slightly shorter than the blade length.

    Naginata: Japanese polearm with short curved blade on end.

    O-dachi: War sword or field sword (long, very long).

    Rapier: A 16th - 17th century sword made primarily for thrusting.

    Ring-sword: A sword with a ring-shaped pommel. Most well-known is the Irish variant.

    Sabre: Originally a curved, predominantly cutting sword used by cavalry, now an extremely light straight bladed modern fencing weapon.

    Schlager (blade): A modern fencing blade used instead of the lighter foil or epee. Originally a sword used in German "mensur", a type of "first blood" student fencing.

    Scimitar / Shamshir: A generic name for several types of curved, single-edged swords from the Middle East, Persia, India, etc. Derived as a corrupted form from "shamshir". a/k/a cimcir, shimshir.

    Shinai: A Japanese training sword made of bamboo.(Usually used for Kendo)

    Shoto: Japanese short sword, companion sword.

    Side-sword: An early rapier normally shorter and better suited for cutting than later rapiers. Any sword carried and used as a secondary weapon or back-up weapon.

    Small-sword: A light thrusting sword used in the 18th century. The precursor of the modern fencing foil and epee.

    Spatha: Roman cavalry sword, generally taken to be the precursor to many Dark Age sword designs. Roughly three feet in length with a hilt similar to the Pompeii-pattern gladius and a straight blade.

    Tachi: A Japanese sword, sometimes longer than the katana. Carried with the edge downward.

    Tanto: A Japanese knife/dagger.

    Two-handed sword: Any sword that is designed to be used with two hands. Variations include great swords, zweihanders, and claymores.

    Tulwar: Indian sabre featuring a flat disc-shaped pommel.

    Wakizashi: A Japanese short-sword.

    Xiphos: Greek for "sword." Generally used to refer to the short sword carried by hoplites in the classical period, featuring a leaf-shaped blade.

    Zweihänder: German for "twohanded (sword)", meaning the great 16th century two-handers.


    There you go I hope that is helpful.

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