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      This is an attempt to introduce the reader to Oakeshott's sword blade typology. Ewart Oakeshott is perhaps the most noted student of swords. In order to make his research easier, he divided the swords into types. 

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:49 PM
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 What distinguishes the knife for eating and the knife as a weapon is the latter's aggressive character as a cutting, slashing and stabbing implement. 

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:47 PM
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 Strictly speaking, knives fall into the general collecting catchall definition of "edged weapons", along with battle axes, swords, bayonets, daggers, and so on.

The most spectacular collectable knife is surely the Bowie knife, named after its populariser and prime exponent, Jim Bowie. Bowie knives had great broad blades - some well over a foot long - with a hooked and sharpened leading edge to the point to enable the fighter to lunge upwards into his opponent in a lethal movement; they could also be thrown to devastating effect. 

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:46 PM
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"in ancient and medieval history, a noble who did military service as a mounted warrior."

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:44 PM
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  " In the hands of the English the bow had become, in the form of the longbow, the most deadly and formidable weapon of its time. Every English boy was trained to use it and was taught to bring every muscle of his body to bear upon it ... The result was that arrows were discharged with great rapidity and accuracy and with such strength that they were effective in the matter of penetration at astonishingly long range."

J.W.Fortescue, Military History

 

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:38 PM
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Blade - The length of steel that forms the sword.

Back - The part of the blade opposite the edge. Double-edged sword has no back.

Cross - The typically straight bar or "guard" of a Medieval sword, also called a "cross-guard". A Renaissance term for the straight or curved cross-guard was the quillons (possibly from an old French or Latin term for a type of reed).

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:31 PM
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Abschneiden - ("cutting aside") in the German systems of long-sword (langenschwert) and later huge two-handers (dopplehänder/bidenhänder) short drawing cuts known also as Schnitt ("slices") called Rakes in English, used at closer distances against the opponent’s forearms and hands, they can be made with both the lead and the back edges

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:30 PM

Angon - the Frankish and Anglo-Saxon throwing spear of late Antiquity and the Dark Ages. The angon had a long slender iron neck with a barbed head, and was roughly 6’ long. It was essentially indentical to the Roman pilum.

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:29 PM
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Aketon - quilted garment worn under armour (see gambeson, below) to absorb shock and impact. The term originated with Crusaders and is said to derive from the word "cotton."

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on 25 Aug 2017 11:27 PM
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   A Sword is a weapon of offense and defense in personal combat, consisting of a blade with a sharp point and one or two cutting edges, set in a hilt with a handle protected by a metal case or cross guard. 
   The sword may have developed from the dagger at the beginning of the Bronze Age. 
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on 02 Aug 2017 4:49 PM
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