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Wavy-bladed rapiers were a Renaissance staple. Flammard fanciers mistakenly believed that this undulating design could inflict deadlier wounds. The shape did provide one genuine dueling advantage, though: When an opponent’s sword ran across one, those curves would slow it down.

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Imperial Sword, Holy Roman Empire (late 11th c.; sheath made in Germany).

Imperial Sword, Holy Roman Empire (late c. sheath made in Germany).

Beautiful gold damascened sword facing in the Italian Mannerist taste and perhaps inspired by drawings of Filippo Orsini Mantua around the nineteenth century.

This is a gorgeous sword that reminds me vaguely of the sword that originally belonged to Edmund Blane. Blane's sword was made to his distinct liking. After being made he had a child with Marjory Cooper and sacrificed their child. He bathed the sword in their child's blood giving it immense power.

This reminds me of the sword fight between Hamlet and Laertes. The blade stained with royal blood was originally dipped in poison for Hamlet, however it was also used to kill Laertes and Claudius.

Indian sword, 18 century

Sapola, very rare Indian sword. This example dates to the end of the century and is of Tulwar/Tegha form with a strong robust blade with split tip and serrated edges to the cutting curve and the rear Kilij style yelman.

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