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4/13/04 10:12 AM
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Excalibur. :D
4/13/04 10:13 PM
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I'd have to go with a Cold Steel Grosse Messier. That thing is awesome!!! Either that or a good quality Katana.
4/15/04 10:26 PM
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My primary weapon would be a roman short sword. If I needed something else, I'd probably get a saber or katana.
5/13/10 8:02 PM
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5/15/10 12:34 AM
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So why did you bring back a 6 year old thread?
5/26/10 12:11 PM
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http://www.christianfletcher.com/Christian_Fletcher/AT-1592_Danish_Longsword_files/shapeimage_2.png

http://www.myarmoury.com/review_at1592.php
12/14/10 8:36 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Natchez-Micarta-Leather/dp/B000MAUXMI/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1292376694&sr=8-23


One blade for WTSHTF. Id go with this.
12/16/10 3:11 PM
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A 7 year old thread. Really? LOL



Regardless, for shits and giggles I'd probably go with a chinese gim sword or european small sword like the kind made by cold steel.

Gim - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R02HRDfyxdw

Small sword - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NT7jHo33l8
12/21/10 1:41 AM
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http://history.cultural-china.com/en/54History618.html

Sword of Goujian - priceless relic from the Wu period (?), or about 2400 years old. What's amazing is that the sword, crowned as "the best sword under heaven", though having gone through a history of over 2400 years, is still as sharp as it used to be and not a single tiny rusty spot can be found on the body.


12/31/10 3:08 PM
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Just looking at it, it doesn't appear to have a weighted pommel to counter balance the blade, so it would probably be very unwieldy to use. Also it has no guard to speak of, so any strike glancing off the blade could come down onto the hand or arm of the wielder. Doesn't look like an amazing sword.

Although the fact it kept its edge over 2,000 years is impressive.
12/31/10 4:58 PM
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Oh what the hell, my preference would either be a falcata or hand and a half sword, however, I'd probably go with a katana since finding someone to teach me something about how to use them would be a lot easier to find.

Although I'm thinking the falcata could be used with some of the filipino knife/machete work, the larger kukri I have works quite well with the filipino knife work and the falcata is just a bigger, longer version of that.

EDIT: Found a full size kukri they use for religious festivals to decapitate water buffalo. They have a vid on youtube somewhere of them doing it in a single swing. http://www.khukuripalace.com/Content/Catalog/Browse/ProductDetail.php?PID=1ff1de774005f8da13f42943881c655f|595c
3/22/11 4:45 PM
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I found that clip of the Gurkhas decapitating bulls with a single swing. Very impressive display of cutting power.
3/24/11 4:43 PM
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HULC - Just looking at it, it doesn't appear to have a weighted pommel to counter balance the blade, so it would probably be very unwieldy to use. Also it has no guard to speak of, so any strike glancing off the blade could come down onto the hand or arm of the wielder. Doesn't look like an amazing sword.

Although the fact it kept its edge over 2,000 years is impressive.
Its only 22 inches long. A sword that short doesnt need a pommel to counterbalance the blade. Roman Gladius were longer and only had wood pommels. The Gladius lacks a crossguard as well. I would guess this sword would be meant for fighting with a shield, like the gladius was. A crossguard is still useful when fighting with sword and shield, but not as essential as withot, since you wont be parrying attacks with your sword, unless you have fucked up royally.

As for the rust, the blade is made of copper :P Its still amazing that its in such good condition, but less so than if it was made or iron or steel.
 
5/21/11 1:10 PM
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I am going to make a weapon like the Uruk-hai carried in LOTR TTT. A large heavy cleaver made of flat stock steel.
6/23/11 8:32 PM
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Ginunting or wakizashi
6/24/11 11:21 AM
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http://youtu.be/-SOz9WTpo_U

Or maybe the Gladius made by Kris Cutlery.
6/24/11 3:39 PM
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 It would be a Hatori Hanzo...
10/4/11 7:54 AM
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rayfloro - Jedi Light Sabre......... :-)

Sith red light saber for me
10/23/11 1:03 AM
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WTF?! I cant believe there isnt ONE DAMN SWORD PIC IN THIS THREAD!!!
12/22/11 2:48 PM
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 I am a fan of European Medieval swords.  But it is hard to beat the katana for all around badassery.  It is sharp and durable.  Cuts well against a variety of materials.  Can be wielded single or double handed, has a decent reach but isn't overly long. 



My second choice would probably be something that has been a staple of warfare and fighting for much of human history.  A simple, single hand sword for cutting and thrusting would be easy to carry and applicable to a variety of situations.



I personally like the medieval longsword, think it is a great weapon and has a lot of options for use (single or double hand, half swording, good at cutting and thrusting, etc.).  But if you are talking about a sword to use and carry Highlander-style in the modern world, it is just too big.  At 4' or more in opverall length, it just wouldn't work indoors, or be easy to carry.

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I think I'd have to rock a sica. Even if an opponent blocked the swing, there's still potential for damage based on the shape of the blade.<br /><br /><img alt="" src="http://kultofathena.com/images/884502.jpg" />

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Were Sica's wield with the curve facing towards the enemy like a Khukri, or towards the user like a sabre?
7/19/12 7:09 AM
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This really turned into a fencing debate for awhile. I used to fight medieval style, live steel combat. I've also trained in the martial arts and worked with kendo sword forms. I own 3 Schlaeger blades and they're great but the rapier evolved when gunpowder made armor impractical. As armor went away swords got smaller and more streamlined because they didn't have to hack through heavy armor and they were lighter and easier to carry. I would never want to take one against a heavy sword, it would snap like a toothpick.

Personally, having fought with a variety of different sword types I'd either go with a single broadsword (I like the viking sword, little heavier in the blade because of the smaller pommel) or a long sword or hand-and-a-half. I prefer the European swords over the Japanese because they are less linear. The katana has a single edge and doesn't really cater to a reverse stroke or parry quite like a broad sword.

That's my personal preference. I'd recommend finding a group that fights and trying a few different styles out. You'll also find that the "renaissance" sword play is a sight different than competition fencing. At the end of the day I'd say get what you like. You're not going to be walking around with it for self defense and if someone comes into your home it won't be very practical unless it's very short. Walls and doorways aren't very sword friendly. Get something that you'll enjoy looking at and hang it on the wall, or find a group that fights and get something that's practical and won't shatter the first time you block. Either way, have fun with it.

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