An exerpt from Strongblade's History of Battle Swords
These swords were intended to smash and slice through thick armor, so had to be quite heavy and sharp. While the point of the sword could be used to pierce, this was primarily a slashing sword. As time went on, Swords moved more to a thrusting style: The European "tuck" was little more than a dull metal blade with a horrendously sharp point. But thrusting swords like the tuck, though used in large battles, still aren't what we consider "battle swords." Battle swords.. Read more
The Roman Gladius has a long and prosperous history. Originally a Spanish weapon, the Romans saw the effectiveness of the sword and quickly adopted it for their own troops.
The gladius was used primarily for stabbing, so it features a fearsome v-shaped tip, great for slipping through the spaces in ribs, or through the cartilage itself if aim was bad or mood particularly grim. The versatile sword could also be used to slash; both edges were sharpened and deadly. The weapon was ideal for the Romans, who used it in formation, with all soldiers drawing their swords from their right side with their right hand (this bit of conformity kept legionnaires from.....read more