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Was swordsmanship important in the American Civil War?

Generally speaking, swords were not much used during the civil war due to lack of training, lack of quality swords and lack of well-trained horses (plus, of course, improvements in firearms), but ...
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When would one carry a sword on a shoulder with grip upwards?

This is anecdotal, but enough people seemed to like my comment and OP had further questions, so I'm posting it anyway. I did some re-enactment in my time. My weapon of choice was a longsword. (Well, a ...
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Can someone help me identify this sword?

This is very likely another fascine knife (compare pictures on Faschinenmesser): The fascine knife was a side arm / tool issued to 17th to 19th century light infantry and artillery. It served both ...
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Can anyone identify these swords with carved ivory grip and narrow guard

That looks like a Chinese double sword Similar examples Chinese Shuangjian Double Sword A Fine Chinese Double Sword Set, Shuang Jian Note. In many countries, mislaid belongings still legally belong ...
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Why were swords used in battle?

The Romans developed tactics that involved both swords and spears. The spears ("pilum") were used first, and were throwing spears (not "polearms"). After the "shock and awe" administered by the ...
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What is known about how many Ulfberht swords exist?

TL;DR: We don't know, but at least ~170 swords bearing - in whole or in part - some variation of "VLFBERHT" are known to exist. Number of Extant VLFBERHT swords: I came across the closest available ...
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In the Medieval period, how long would an average swordsmith need to forge an average sword?

In medieval Europe it took a standard blacksmith about a week to make a decent average steel longsword. If they were making something for their lord or king they would often spend as much as 6 months ...
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Why were swords used in battle?

Pole arms vary greatly in length and purpose. Everything from a Zulu iklwa, a short 1 to 2 meter personal thrusting weapon... Source: Therion Arms International ...to the 7 meter pike favored by ...
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What language is this and what does it say?

The language is Chinese. Here's a clearer image (taken from http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/whadjafind/forum/topics/japanese-kanji-katana-samurai-sword-i-d-help?) The text is verbatim: 張武傑 (...
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Can anyone tell me what style of sword this is?

What you have there appears to be a Moro Kris, or Kalis. It is a type of short sword or long dagger that used to be common in the Muslim (aka: Moro) parts of the southern Philippines. In the ...
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Can anyone tell me anything about this sword?

First, it's probably a sword made in Toledo, Spain. This city is famous for its ancient sword industry. Today, the sword industry in Toledo forges both high-quality swords and souvenirs of industrial ...
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Can someone help me identify this sword?

It appears to be a Spanish machete of the mid 19th century. They were issued to pioneer units (Gastadores) in the army. http://www.agmohio.com/items/12031101.htm As the article suggests they were ...
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When would one carry a sword on a shoulder with grip upwards?

I made a jokey comment in the question comments, but this is in fact something that was done. There were apparently two techniques in medieval German swordfighting that involved grabbing the blade. ...
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How was the hilt attached to a medieval sword?

One technique used to hold the assembly together is called 'peening'. The tang actually penetrates through the end of the pommel, and then is hammered and polished flush. The (commercial) website ...
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How much did a good sword cost in Medieval Western Europe?

Lifting from this site, I found a "cheap sword (peasant's)", England ~1340, listed at 6 pence. The same site lists the daily wage of a thatcher (in the same time period) as 3 pence. The source is ...
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What is this sword?

Definitely looks like a stabbing weapon. I think Europeans would call/would have called this a long dagger, but in Indonesia I think these were often called swords (short ones, but still). It bears a ...
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Help on finding out about a sword

Although the provided image is a bit unclear, I believe that the inscription is the same as on another image which I gave a quick-and-dirty translation on /r/translator a while back. Here is the ...
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How much did a good sword cost in Medieval Western Europe?

A sword might be the most expensive item that a man owned. The one sword whose value is given in the sagas (given by King Hákon to Höskuldur in chapter 13 of Laxdæla saga) was said to be worth a half ...
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Where and when is this sword from?

Not 100% certain and no idea of the time period or authenticity, but FWIW the blade's slightly bent shape that grows thicker towards the end of the blade, pointy tip, and the grip's slight curve make ...
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Why did officers fire revolvers with just one hand, while wielding a sword in the other hand despite being too far away to use swords?

An officer's primary responsibility is the command and control of his men, not combat with the enemy. In consequence, an officer is issued with a weapon of little use in combat at a distance: a pistol....
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Help identify this (probably Confederate) sword?

The problem with this identification is the number of possibilities. Knowing the manufacturer leads us to several options. They absolutely did sell to the US, and many similar weapons can be found ...
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When did blade fuller appear?

It seems that Roman spathas sometimes already had fullers: But as this form was an adaption of a Celtic design of the La Tène culture: Typical for swords from the Late Latène period are a ...
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Is this a case of “cut and paste” of two different weapons?

Q: Is this a case of “cut and paste” of two different weapons? No, most probably not. This does not look like a reassembled, or copy & paste item, but just a straight issue. Most of the visible ...
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Is there a citable reference of druids using curved swords?

A contemporary reference is Pliny the Elder's account of the ritual of the oak and the mistletoe, wherein a ritual sacrifice of cattle and vegetation is conducted with a sickle. Historically, farm ...
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When were swords last used in European warfare?

As observed elsewhere cutlasses remained in use as boarding weapons on warships until the mid 20th century at least. One documented (aleged) instance of their use was the capture of cruiser RN Pola by ...
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Identifying a sword engraved with "66. A. E. 1. 61"

From the short length and marking patterns, it looks like this may be a WW1 (or earlier) era Faschinenmesser, a type of Fascine Knife. These were a utility type tool, more akin to a machete then sword:...
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At what point in England did use of swords to settle impromptu arguments become unusual?

In The Jury and the English Law of Homicide, 1200-1600 T. A. Green outlines much of the history of modern British legal jurisprudence for murder. In summary: From Anglo-Saxon times, the distinction ...
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Why did officers fire revolvers with just one hand, while wielding a sword in the other hand despite being too far away to use swords?

When did using both hands to shoot one pistol for better accuracy start? The "Modern Technique" of two handed pistol shooting is said to have been first(?) used by Jack Weaver about 1956 and taught ...
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Why did officers fire revolvers with just one hand, while wielding a sword in the other hand despite being too far away to use swords?

Body Language The pose has your entire chest and stomach are exposed to the enemy. This displays your lack of fear, useful for a person who has to lead by example. People who might be faltering due ...
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