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Medieval broadsword

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Broadsword description - medieval broadsword was a sword with a broad blade and usually two lethal cutting edges. The broadsword was used to cut rather than stab. Broadsword was predominantly used by a medieval knights and fighters.

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Broadsword was the earliest of the medieval swords from the 6th century.

Broadsword had a two-edged blade measuring 2-3 inches wide at the base which tapered to a point.

The length of the Broadsword ranged from 30 - 45 inches.

The Medieval Broadsword weighed between 3 - 5 pounds.

Broadsword variants

Scottish basket hilt broadsword
Basket hilt broadsword is a Scottish variant of the broadsword. Basket-Hilt swords appeared throughout Britain from the mid-sixteenth century on, their association with the seventeenth and eighteenth century Scottish highlander has become legendary.
basket hilt broadsword
English mortuary broadsword
This (usually) two-edged sword sported a half-basket hilt with a straight blade some 90 - 105 cm long (35.5" - 41.3"). This broadsword was widely used during English civil war in 17th century at time of Cromwell.
English mortuary broadsword
Italian schiavona broadsword
The schiavona came from mercenaries who were bodyguards of Venetian Doge. The schiavona became popular among the armies of those who traded with Italy during the 17th century and was the weapon of choice for many heavy cavalry. The broadsword was popular among mercenary soldiers and wealthy civilians alike; examples decorated with gilding and precious stones were imported by the upper classes to be worn as a combination of fashion accessory and defensive weapon. Original schiavona blade measures 93.2 cm × 3.4 cm × 0.45 cm and bears two fullers or grooves running about 1/4 the length of the blade. Weighing in at around 1.1 kg, this blade was useful for both cut and thrust.

Italian schiavona broadsword

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