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European Swords

Explore a huge variety of European swords, from the formidable Longsword of the Middle Ages to the elegant Rapier of the Renaissance. Understand their evolution, the tactics employed in their use, and the historical contexts that shaped them.

Shortswords vs Longswords: Battle Lines or Single Combat
Shortswords vs Longswords: Battle Lines or Single Combat
Zweihander Sizes: Weight, Length & Specs Explored
Zweihander Sizes: Weight, Length & Specs Explored
What Are Short Swords Called? Names and History Explored
What Are Short Swords Called? Names and History Explored
Short Sword Fighting Styles: Mastering Close Combat
Short Sword Fighting Styles: Mastering Close Combat
Short Sword Characteristics: Length, Sizes, and Evolution
Short Sword Characteristics: Length, Sizes, and Evolution
4 Best Short Swords Designs: Historical to Modern Picks
4 Best Short Swords Designs: Historical to Modern Picks
Bastard Sword vs Claymore: Design, History, and Combat Use
Bastard Sword vs Claymore: Design, History, and Combat Use
Xiphos vs Gladius: Comparing Features, Histories, and Combat
Xiphos vs Gladius: Comparing Features, Histories, and Combat
Grosse Messer vs Katana: Differences & the Superior Dueling Blade
Grosse Messer vs Katana: Differences & the Superior Dueling Blade
Broadsword vs Arming Sword: Terms, History, and Combat Uses
Broadsword vs Arming Sword: Terms, History, and Combat Uses
Rapier vs Longsword: Dexterity vs Strength – Or Is It?
Rapier vs Longsword: Dexterity vs Strength – Or Is It?
Hand and a Half Sword Vs. Longsword: Unveiling the Differences
Hand and a Half Sword Vs. Longsword: Unveiling the Differences
Oakeshott Type XXII: The Final Sword in Oakeshott’s Typology
Oakeshott Type XXII: The Final Sword in Oakeshott’s Typology
Oakeshott Type XXI: Europe’s 15th Century Civilian Sword
Oakeshott Type XXI: Europe’s 15th Century Civilian Sword
Oakeshott Type XX: The Massive Sword From the Late Middle Ages
Oakeshott Type XX: The Massive Sword From the Late Middle Ages
Oakeshott Type XIX: The General Purpose 16th Century Sword
Oakeshott Type XIX: The General Purpose 16th Century Sword
Type XVIII Swords: Oakeshott’s Historical Significance
Type XVIII Swords: Oakeshott’s Historical Significance
Oakeshott Type XVII: The Two-Handed Armor-Piercing Sword
Oakeshott Type XVII: The Two-Handed Armor-Piercing Sword
Oakeshott Type XV: The First Medieval European Thrusting Sword
Oakeshott Type XV: The First Medieval European Thrusting Sword
Oakeshott Type XVI Swords: Its Impact & Key Features
Oakeshott Type XVI Swords: Its Impact & Key Features
Oakeshott Type XIV Swords: Key Features & Purpose
Oakeshott Type XIV Swords: Key Features & Purpose
Oakeshott Type XIII: The European Knight’s Massive Cutting Sword
Oakeshott Type XIII: The European Knight’s Massive Cutting Sword
Oakeshott Type XII: The Archetypal Sword of the European Knight
Oakeshott Type XII: The Archetypal Sword of the European Knight
Oakeshott Type XI: The First Sword of the European Knight
Oakeshott Type XI: The First Sword of the European Knight
Oakeshott Type X Swords: Features & Historical Insight
Oakeshott Type X Swords: Features & Historical Insight