1. African Swords
Another example of African swords is the Flyssa which is a traditional sword of the people of Morocco from the tribe Kabyles. Their blades could range from 12 – 38 inches long.
An Ida is a sword of the natives of West Africa called the Yoruba people. This sword was always carried by their local soldiers. Among the types of swords in Africa, this is known to have the best quality in terms of cutting ability.
2. Asian Swords
The Katana sword is a Japanese sword that is also more commonly referred to as a Samurai sword. This type of sword has a curved, slender, single edged blade. Always been a dramatic symbol of Japan from the olden times to the present, this sword is recognized for being a representation of a samurai Spirit. It is known to be the only sword with the most outstanding cutting ability and beauty.
Masamune swords made by the best swordsmith of the Japanese sword history, Masamune are renowned for its excellent quality despite the impurity of metals during his time. Aside from that, Masamune swords are also considered holy swords.
The Chinese sword Dao is mainly used in slashing and often in chopping. Because of the shape and size of its blade, it is called in English as a broadsword. Also named as The General of All Weapons, this sword type is one of the four major weapons used by the Chinese.
3. European swords
The claymore is a two-handed sword used by the highlanders of Scotland during the medieval period to the early modern era. On the other hand, it may also refer to the basket-hilted broadsword from the 16th century which is still used today by regiments of the British Army.
4. American swords
Other types of swords or those categorized according to their structure:
1. Longsword are European swords using during the medieval era to Renaissance period with lengthy sword handle or hilt. The length of its blade could reach 35 inches.
2. Short swords are those swords of the earlier times when the materials (such as copper) that were used by the ancient people could not stand with a longer length.
3. Saber swords are single edged swords which are distinctive with its curved blade
4. Bayonet comes with a French origin as it was named after Bayonne, France. It is a blade or a dagger put at the tip of a rifle and is used as weapon. Some of these kinds were also used by the Japanese when they conquered some countries.
Fantasy swords are interesting swords to collect especially for the young at heart enthusiasts. One very famous fantasy sword is the King Arthur’s legendary sword – the Excalibur sword. According to some stories, this is the sword that King Arthur pulled out from a stone and made him king. There are also the Final Fantasy swords that come from a popular Japanese videogame and dragon swords that are identified for their unique designs and mythical look. Most of the time, these are only ornamental swords.
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