The Arming Sword
There isn't a swordsman more iconic than a knight in shining armor, nor a blade more generic than the knightly sword. Also known as the arming sword, this weapon served the kingdoms across Europe for centuries. The arming sword had an average length of about 3 feet and weighed less than 2.5 lbs. They were double edged straight bladed swords with a cruciform or cross guard hilt for hand protection and a pommel for counterweight and bludgeoning. Just because the arming sword is generic and basic doesn't make it a bad weapon. Far from it, the arming sword was the standard for a reason. It was a weapon capable of thrusting, slashing, and blocking, making it capable of handling any situation it came across. But the arming sword did come in varieties. Some arming swords were designed to focus more on cuts rather than thrusts. These swords were made so that draw cuts and slashes would be easier and more effective. Other arming swords were designed to be used more for stabbing. These swords became especially popular once knights started wearing more plate armor that covered more of their bodies. Plate armor renders slashing weapons practically useless, but the weakness of plate armor is that there are gaps especially at the neck and joints. Swords were made lighter and with sharper points to allow a user to stab the exposed area in between the plates in armor. Another key benefit all arming swords shared is that it's a one handed weapon, meaning that it could be paired with a defensive option, most commonly a shield. What do you think of the arming sword? Let us know in the comments!
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