Top 10 Historical Swords in the World
11 Aug 2015
It was at the bronze age when the sword first appeared. It was made of copper and was uncovered at the Harappan sites in present-day Pakistan. By the Middle Ages, iron and steel swords were being mass produced and used in battle.
Soldiers were trained in swordsmanship and prepared for combat. It was before the era of guns and high powered artillery and face to face fighting was the norm. During this time in history, all of the royal generals, kings, and emperors owned personal swords. These weapons were manufactured by the greatest blacksmiths. Right below are the ten historical swords that still survive today.
- Tomoyuki Yamashita’s Sword
During his military career, Tomoyuki Yamashita owned a personal sword that contained a blade manufactured by famous sword maker Fujiwara Kanenaga sometime between 1640 and 1680. The weapon had its handle remade in the early 1900s. The Samurai sword was surrendered by General Yamashita, along with his army, on September 2, 1945. It was taken by General MacArthur and given to the West Point Military Museum where it remains today. The sword is one piece in a great collection of military arms housed at the West Point Museum.
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