They are believed to have evolved from both a fighting axe and an agricultural tool. This intimidating weapon was used as early as Ancient Egypt. Only the outer edge of the curved blade was sharp. This weapon was a symbol of power, and only a few pharaohs owned Hopeshs-including Ramses II and Tutankhamen.
2. The sword of Ulfbehrt.
Strong, light, and flexible. The blades were forged from a remarkably pure metal called crucible steel. Even today it would be difficult to reproduce this material. And how did the Viking warriors manage to create such a perfect sword?
The tip of this weapon was blunt, making it impossible to stab one's enemies. But in India, somewhere between 300 and 600 AD, this was not necessary. Its heavy construction made it an ideal chopping device, and some swordsmen raised the stakes to victory thanks to the serrated edges of the sword.
4. The sword of the executioner Ngombe.
European researchers have made numerous examinations that this sword was used to execute the inhabitants of the Congo tribe. Prisoners were beheaded with this ferocious weapon. Although the dramatic extent of this sword is debatable.
Rapiers with wavy blades were a staple weapon of the Renaissance. Fans of the flamberg mistakenly believed that this wavy execution could inflict, more lethal wounds. However, its shape gave one true dueling advantage, when an opponent's sword bumped into the sword, these curves slowed him down.
6. Chinese Hooked Sword.
This weapon not only had curved tips, but also sharp, hand-protecting "guards." The weapons usually worked in pairs, according to the 1985 issue of Black Belt Magazine - "when they work together, two Hooked Swords can easily tear an opponent apart."
The first Kilij appeared in Turkey around 400 A.D. The ideal choice for horsemen. This weapon went through several variations over the next 1400 years. In the skillful hands of the rider, this sword could disfigure those with their feet on the ground with crushing efficiency.
The armor of knights did not always guarantee safety. The sword estok, Renaissance could pierce, calmly, through an opponent's armor. A sharp, stabbing sword designed specifically for this purpose.
Zweihander means "two-handed sword," and this weapon was so large that swordsmen actually needed two hands to wield it. According to one legend, the swords were so powerful that they could decapitate up to seven victims with one blow.
The finest edged weapon, it is not just flexible, but absolutely flexible. When swung, it acts like a whip. A metal whip with sharp edges, on both sides.