Medieval European Swords Vs. Japanese Swords

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The Japanese Katana and the European Longsword. Was one superior to the other or is it apples and oranges? Let’s take a look at the development and characteristics of each one. The Japanese katana is designed to slice and cut. To accomplish this, the edge must be left very hard from the heat-treating process to […]

Longswords

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The ubiquitous longsword seems to have a special place in the hearts of many students of medieval weapons and practitioners of the combative arts. What is it about this relatively simple weapon that makes it so particularly popular? The basic longsword seems to possess many attributes that make it an almost ideal weapon. Its over-all […]