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SBA-ARCHERSWORD

SBA-ARCHERSWORD

European Archer's Short Sword

$74

In Stock!

This European short sword is a beautifully weighted with nickel-chromed hilt, pommel and scabbard accents. The grip is tightly wrapped with a rich red copper wiring and the blade is rugged high-carbon steel.

SBA-BRIGANTINEPIRATE

SBA-BRIGANTINEPIRATE

Brigantine Officer's Naval Cutlass

$71

In Stock!

SBA-BRIGWOOD

SBA-BRIGWOOD

Brigantine Officer's Naval Cutlass with Wooden Grip

$71

In Stock!

SBA-BUSTER-MAELSTROM

SBA-BUSTER-MAELSTROM

High-Carbon Steel Buster Sword With Sheath and Shoulder Strap

$209

In Stock!

This is a limited edition Buster sword, made from the finest High Carbon steel. This is not a toy. It is for real, not sharpened, but otherwise a very real, very strong, very heavy, very nice.

SBA-CELTICSHORTSWORD

SBA-CELTICSHORTSWORD

High Carbon Steel Celtic Sword with Sheath

$77

In Stock!

This Celtic shortsword has a polished steel semicircle guard is which is accented with brass rivets and fits snugly over the flared forte of the sword's blade. The blade is forged from our rugged high-carbon steel and is oak-leaf shaped.

SBA-CRECYSWORD

SBA-CRECYSWORD

Battle Of Crecy's Hand and a Half Sword

$86

In Stock!

A historical replica from the battle of Crecy, the blade is 36 inches of carbon steel. The leather grip and polished steel guard add to the beauty and functionality of this piece. The steel pommel help give it excellent balance.

SBA-CROSSEWIND

SBA-CROSSEWIND

Crossewind Ambidextrous Swept-Hilt Rapier with Brass Guard and Pommel

$88

In Stock!

Truly a handsome rapier,and wieldable by left-handed or right-handed warriors. The guards on one side sweep upwards and join together, to flow up and around the grip like a waterfall.

SBA-CRUSADER

SBA-CRUSADER

Crusader Knight's Medieval Arming Sword with Christian Cross on the Pommel

$82

In Stock!

A more recent version of our Dominus Crusader featuring the same the same distinctive cross in the pommel, but this version offers a blade without the fullers providing a wonderfully open area perfect for a personalized engraving.

SBA-DEATHBRINGER

SBA-DEATHBRINGER

Deathbringer: Hand-and-a-Half Mercenary Sword

$93

In Stock!

The extremely wide blade and the scalloped brass crossguard which appear to be talons or skeletal fingers help earn the name for this model. Although not a true hand size, it does have a grip wide enough for some hand-and-a-half work.

SBA-DOMINUSCRUSADER

SBA-DOMINUSCRUSADER

Dominus - Knight Crusader Arming Sword

$89

In Stock!

It is a wonderfully crafted arming sword that feels absolutely perfect in your hand. A padded and ridged leather grip gives excellent traction for the hand and a more ergonomic feel.

SBA-DREADWINDRAPIER

SBA-DREADWINDRAPIER

Dreadwind: Swept Hilt Rapier

$94

In Stock!

This one of the finest rapiers that Strongblade sells at this price range. It has a breathtaking, oversized swept hilt, chromed in nickel and swirling like a sandstorm around the hand that wields it.

SBA-GENSTEELSWORD

SBA-GENSTEELSWORD

Gensteel Elegant High-Carbon Steel Arming Sword and Sheath

$91

In Stock!

The Gensteel is a fine example of the paradoxes of war. It is a beautiful thing to behold. Elegant and tapered, with gracefully curling tips on the guards and a sophisticated, spade-shaped pommel.

SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius

$89

In Stock!

This magnificent gladius features a wasp style blade and a beautifully carved wooden grip. Each segment of the grip is carved deep for a secure hold, and separated with polished brass spacers.

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

The Legionnaire: Rugged, Crowned Roman Gladius with Leather Grip

$77

In Stock!

This gladius is a gorgeous version of the sword that conquered 75 percent of the known world. It's a replica of a standard "Pompeii" style gladius, with a few important modifications. The greatest is the "Crowned" pommel which provides extra grip area.

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard

$88

In Stock!

The Praetorian is one of our highest end Roman Gladius. With a beautiful high-carbon steel blade, signature V-tip design, stunning polished-hardwood hilt and a blow-your-socks-off gilded sheath, it doesn't get much better.

SBA-GOTHDREAM

SBA-GOTHDREAM

Goth Dream Arming Sword with scabbard

$80

In Stock!

The GothDream has a historic base but with a bit of a fantasy flare, Based on the arming sword or war spike design, it long, light and very well balanced. The hilt is distinctive yet comfortable to wield.

SBA-IRISHTWOHANDER

SBA-IRISHTWOHANDER

Caladbolg, Irish Two Hander - Lightning Sword of Fergus

$116

In Stock!

At a towering 52 inches long, the Irish Two-hander can both intimidate and impress friends and enemies. Its most notable feature (other than its size) is the polished-steel Celtic ring pommel at the base of the grip.

SBA-JAEGER-F

SBA-JAEGER-F

Jaeger Rugged Viking Sword - Stage Combat and Live Steel Perfomances

$92

In Stock!

Designed for stage combat or theatrical re-enactment, the guards and pommels are made from a polished-but-uncoated steel, which prevents chipping when struck. The thicker blade edge and round tip add an extra measure of safety.

SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR

SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR

Medieval Knight Protector's Arming Sword

$79

In Stock!

This is a gorgeous reproduction of a medieval arming sword. The blade is made from a high-carbon steel. A long, graceful fuller runs almost the entire length of the blade, giving the sword additional strength and lightness.

SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR-F

SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR-F

Medieval Knight Protector's Stage Combat Sword

$79

In Stock!

A stage combat version of our popular Knight Protector but with thicker edges and rounded tip for extra security. The blade is also slightly narrower making it lighter and easier to wield.

SBA-M1850-OFFICER

SBA-M1850-OFFICER

Model 1850 Army Foot Officers' Sword -Military Reproduction with Steel Sheath

$55

In Stock!

SBA-MAURADER

SBA-MAURADER

The Maurader, Weathered Cutlass - Antiqued Pirate Cutlass with Leather Sheath

$68

In Stock!

SBA-OSPREYVIKING

SBA-OSPREYVIKING

Osprey; Viking Raider Battle Sword

$77

In Stock!

The Osprey features a long 32 inch blade and has an amazing swept guard that stretches a good five inches to each side. Nickled and flared at the edges, the guard give the Osprey a regal appearance.

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

Ancient Greek Hoplite's Phalanx Blade

$68

In Stock!

The Hoplite's blade has an oak-leaf shape, slightly wider toward the point than at the base of the blade. The tho silvered guard is simple and efficient. The pommel is also silvered to a mirror finish.

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

German Bastard-Style Ringhilt Sword with Split Grip

$94

In Stock!

The German Ring-Hilted is about 47 inches in total length. A little short for a standard hand and a half sword, but the shorter length actually helps with the balance. It weighs in at about 3.5lbs, so it's no daisy, but the point of balance is set nicely at about 5 inches from the guards.

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

Roman Gladius Type III with Double Loop Scabbard

$80

In Stock!

This gladius is an exceptional piece. The carved bone grip and polished wood guard and pommel are unique features. It is light and accurate with the classic V-tip that is deal for thrusting. A sturdy rhomboid cross section gives this blade outstanding strength.

SBA-SWD-CONFEDERATE

SBA-SWD-CONFEDERATE

Confederate Army Officer's Sword - Civil War Replica

$60

In Stock!

SBA-SWD-MED-FALCHION

SBA-SWD-MED-FALCHION

Medieval European Falchion

$77

In Stock!

This falchion has a nice curve to it and is weighted similarly to the first falchions created. Sleek design and a distinct blade groove put this falchion in a class of its own.

SBA-SWD-NONCOMMISSSIONED

SBA-SWD-NONCOMMISSSIONED

Non-commissioned Officer's(NCO) Sword - Civil War Replica

$59

In Stock!

SBA-TWISTEDCLAYMORE

SBA-TWISTEDCLAYMORE

Claidheamh Mor: Twisted Hilt Claymore

$132

In Stock!

At an impressive 58 inches, This claymore features a massive redwood twisted hilt that truly is beautiful to look at. The brass hardware of the pommel and cross sets off the redwood perfectly. The 42 inch carbon steel blade is polished to a mirror finish.

SBA-VIKINGRAIDER

SBA-VIKINGRAIDER

Quick-Strike Classic Viking Raider Sword

$63

In Stock!

Classic viking! A lofty, carved brass "saddle" pommel sets the tone for this wonderful Norse weapon. The pommel is etched with the traditional lines, dividing the "saddle" into sectors or lobes. Just below the pommel is an attractive ridged grip of leather over wood.

SBA-WARSPIKE

SBA-WARSPIKE

Warspike Knight's Hand-and-a-Half(Bastard) Sword

$86

In Stock!

The Warspike combines the length of a long arming sword, the hilt of a small hand-and-a-half, and just a hint of a "tuck" thrusting blade. The excellent balance and light weight make the Warspike an exceptional addition to any collection.

SBBR-BASKETHILT-RED

SBBR-BASKETHILT-RED

Scottish Basket Hilt with Red Velvet Lined Brass Basket

$71

In Stock!

SBBR-DRACOSWORD

SBBR-DRACOSWORD

Dragon Sword Katana with Black Sheath

$37

In Stock!

SBBR-DRAGONSWORD

SBBR-DRAGONSWORD

Dragon Sword with a Fierce Open Mouth

$44

In Stock!

SBBR-HANGER-FLEUR

SBBR-HANGER-FLEUR

Pewter or Bronze Fleur de Lis Wall Hangers for Swords, Daggers, and Pistols

$16

In Stock!

SBBR-PERSIANWARSWD

SBBR-PERSIANWARSWD

Alexander the Great Persian War Sword

$170

In Stock!

An excellent combination of fantasy and history, the SBBR-PERSIANWARSWD is modeled after the sword used by Alexander the Great in the Persian wars. The stainless steel blade has a mirror finished and matches well with the brass guard and imitation ivory handle.

SBC-CRESTEDHANGER

SBC-CRESTEDHANGER

Flintlock, Sword or Dagger Hangers in Brass

$17

In Stock!

SBC-KATANA-EDO

SBC-KATANA-EDO

Edo Period Katana

$90

In Stock!

SBC-PIRATEHANGER-P

SBC-PIRATEHANGER-P

Pewter Pirate Wall Hangers for Swords, Daggers and Flintlock Pistols

$15

In Stock!

SBC-SWD-STAGESABRE

SBC-SWD-STAGESABRE

Stage Combat Sabre or Rapier

$110

In Stock!

This 19th Century sabre is designed for stage combat. A military style sabre which is durable enough for sports fencing.

SBCB-AETHERNIS

SBCB-AETHERNIS

Aethernis Premium Swept-bladed Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath

$315

In Stock!

The Aethernis is a high-carbon, fully-tempered, sharpened, and battle-ready reproduction of Filipino style, pre-conquest weapons. The curves of the blade scream of elvish grace, with sweeping flourishes arching along the forte of the blade.

SBCB-DUNDAREI

SBCB-DUNDAREI

Dundarei- Premium Swept Blade Saber with Carved Wooden Sheath

$315

In Stock!

The Dundarei saber is a fully-tempered and battle read.he swept forward blade allows for powerful strokes. And the graceful fullers carved on the forte of the blade makes you look good while making those strokes.

SBCB-LAEONIS

SBCB-LAEONIS

Laeonis - Premium Broad-bladed Short Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath

$315

In Stock!

Fully tempered, battle-ready and razor sharp. Both the blade and grip of the Laeonis have a forward tilt to them that gives maximum leverage when cutting. The blade itself is wide, but still light and comfortable to hold.

SBCB-MORDES

SBCB-MORDES

Mordes Dyadian Premium Sword and Dagger Matched Pair with Carved Wooden Sheath

$400

In Stock!

SBCB-MOULNER

SBCB-MOULNER

Moulner Falcatus Premium Double Curved Short Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath

$315

In Stock!

SBCB-SINDARIAN

SBCB-SINDARIAN

Sindarian Premium Command Saber with Carved Wooden Sheath

$328

In Stock!

SBCB-WRYTHBLADE

SBCB-WRYTHBLADE

Premium Kalis Kris Blade with Carved Wooden Sheath

$333

In Stock!

SBCM-AIKUCHI

SBCM-AIKUCHI

Steel Aikuchi-style Katana with Disguised Knife

$93

In Stock!

SBCM-DAG-MAS

SBCM-DAG-MAS

Decorative Masonic Short Sword with Blue or Red Velvet Grip

$29

In Stock!

SBCM-GOLDENSWORDSMAN

SBCM-GOLDENSWORDSMAN

Golden Swordsman = Katana, Wakizashi and Tanto, with Display Stand

$80

In Stock!

SBCM-MAS-RED

SBCM-MAS-RED

Masonic Greatsword - Stainless-Greatsword with Red Velvet Grip

$79

In Stock!

A red velvet grip with golden accent, a decorative guard and pommel with Masonic symbols plus an impressive 45 overall length with a 37 inch polished stainless steel blade make this a sword fit for royalty.

SBCM-PENDRAGON

SBCM-PENDRAGON

King Arthur's Sword, Excalibur - Arthur Pendragon

$74

In Stock!

The Pendragon captures the power, nobility and mystery of legendary King Arthur and his mystical sword, Excalibur. This version of Excalibur is long--nearly four foot in overall length, with a wide stainless steel blade that's absolutely perfect for engraving.

SBCM-TEMPLAR-GOLD

SBCM-TEMPLAR-GOLD

Gilded Templar Sword with Knight's Templar Sigil and Scabbard

$76

In Stock!

This is a beautiful piece of historically based artwork. It bears a 32.5-inch stainless-steel blade that is smooth and perfect for engraving. The black leather scabbard bears ornately carved and gilded collar and tip.

SBCM-TEMPLAR-KNIGHT

SBCM-TEMPLAR-KNIGHT

Knight Templar Sword with Pewter Colored Hilt with Golden Accents

$73

In Stock!

The Sword of the Templar Knight is a highly ornamental with a beautiful pewter colored metal hilt featuring a golden cross in the pommel and embedded golden colored coins in the grip and guard embossed with various designs of religious significance.

SBDK-DARKAGES

SBDK-DARKAGES

Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard

$104

In Stock!

This design is based on the traditional medieval arming sword. It is beautifully crafted and features a blade with a wide fuller. The wooden grip is covered with wrapped leather cord.

SBDK-HOLYLAND

SBDK-HOLYLAND

Holy Land Sword with Leather Scabbard

$99

In Stock!

This Holyland is a replica of those used during the military campaigns of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries known as the Holy Land Crusades. The decorative pommel is a counter weight for the blade and helps make this a very nicely balanced weapon.

SBDK-MEDIEVAL-BASTARD-T

SBDK-MEDIEVAL-BASTARD-T

European Bastard Sword with Elegant Red Scabbard

$141

In Stock!

The medieval bastard is gorgeous with many unique features. The blade is made of high quality tempered steel available sharpened or un-sharpened. The steel guard and pommel balance out the length of the blade. The grip is accented in red which matches the red scabbard.

SBDK-ROYALRAPIER

SBDK-ROYALRAPIER

Swept Hilt Rapier

$100

In Stock!

This is beautiful piece. It features a large basket with intricate design. The grip consists of alternating layers of steel and polished wood.

SBFF-BOFF-BASTARDSWD

SBFF-BOFF-BASTARDSWD

Boffer Hand and a Half Sword

$50

In Stock!

SBFF-BOFF-LONGBROADSWD

SBFF-BOFF-LONGBROADSWD

Boffer Long Broad Sword with 6 and 10 Inch Grips

$38

In Stock!

SBIF-SWD-BLADESINGER

SBIF-SWD-BLADESINGER

Durable Foam Sword, Performance Core

$100

In Stock!

SBIF-SWD-CHOPPA

SBIF-SWD-CHOPPA

Durable Foam Sword, Performance Core

$72

In Stock!

SBIF-SWD-DARKELVEN

SBIF-SWD-DARKELVEN

Elven Durable Foam Sword with Performance Core

$105

In Stock!

SBMU-PIRATECUTLASS

SBMU-PIRATECUTLASS

Pirate Cutlass - Tempered Pirate Saber

$175

In Stock!

SBPT-NINJATO

SBPT-NINJATO

High Quality Latex Ninja Sword

$37

In Stock!

SBPT-RG-ORC

SBPT-RG-ORC

Affordable Foam Orc Sword for Youths, or Adult Recreation

$29

In Stock!

SBPT-SWD-FOOTMAN

SBPT-SWD-FOOTMAN

Premeir Foam/Latex Footman's Sword

$49

In Stock!

SBPT-SWD-SAMURAI

SBPT-SWD-SAMURAI

Samurai Foam LARP Katana

$45

In Stock!

SBV-ICE-II

SBV-ICE-II

Ice, Sword of Eddard Stark

$315

In Stock!

This is a licensed replica of ICE from the HBO series Game of Thrones. ICE is huge measuring almost 58 inches in length. This adult collectible is officially licensed and includes a display plaque and a certificate of authenticity.

SBA-AMBERGALERAPIER

SBA-AMBERGALERAPIER

Ambergale: Brass Swept Hilt Rapier

$73

Out of Stock

This is a wonderful signature piece to any costume or room. Its all-brass gaurd, grip and pommel give it a unique style that really draws the eye.

SBA-GREATSWORD

SBA-GREATSWORD

The Great War Two Handed Longsword

$85

Out of Stock

This is a magnificent piece of steel. Long and beautiful, with a 32 Inch blade and a massive 8 inch grip. Oh, and did we mention that it's under 3 pounds?

SBA-ROYALRAPIER-T

SBA-ROYALRAPIER-T

Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier

$129

Out of Stock

The rapier was a sword that spanned the classes-from stripped-down, utilitarian versions to beautiful masterpieces like this Highborn Rapier.

SBA-SWD-USCALVARY

SBA-SWD-USCALVARY

U.S. Calvary Sword Replica

$51

Out of Stock

SBBR-PERSIANPRINCE

SBBR-PERSIANPRINCE

Persian Prince War Scimitar

$52

Out of Stock

SBC-FIREDANCERSCIMITAR

SBC-FIREDANCERSCIMITAR

The Firedancer - Fully balanced, hand-forged, tempered scimitar

$184

Out of Stock

This is a perfectly balanced, perfectly tempered, hand-forged scimitar. It was created in the world-famous Hanwei forge with temper, balance and craftsmanship as the highest priorities.

SBC-KATANA-CRANE

SBC-KATANA-CRANE

Katana with Black Scabbard and Crane Tsuba

$117

Out of Stock

SBC-KATANA-FORGED

SBC-KATANA-FORGED

Hand Forged Katana

$157

Out of Stock

SBCB-LOREI

SBCB-LOREI

Lorei - Premium Curve-bladed Short Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath

$315

Out of Stock

SBCM-LOCKSLEY

SBCM-LOCKSLEY

Blade Robin Locksley - Stainess Steel Sword of Robin Hood with Ornamented Hilt

$71

Out of Stock

A dedication to Robin Hood(Robin of Robin of Locksley). A slim light stainless steel blade with a beautifully ornate hilt. The original Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age."

SBDK-ROMANSWORD

SBDK-ROMANSWORD

Roman Gladius with Contoured Blade and Brass Pommel

$135

Out of Stock

SBIF-SWD-KING

SBIF-SWD-KING

LARP Foam King Sword

$99

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-BROADSWORD

SBMU-LRP-BROADSWORD

Foam Crusader Broadsword Sword - LARP

$77

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-HELLRAGER

SBMU-LRP-HELLRAGER

Hellrager: - Two handed Foam / Latex Sword

$79

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-MISTRALBLADE

SBMU-LRP-MISTRALBLADE

LARP Mistral - Foam / Latex Two-handed Sword with Extra Large Grip

$48

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-SCOURGECUTLASS

SBMU-LRP-SCOURGECUTLASS

Foam / Latex Pirate Cutlass for Sparring or LARP

$76

Out of Stock

SBPT-RG-VIKING

SBPT-RG-VIKING

Affordable Latex Viking Sword for Youths, or Adult Recreation

$55

Out of Stock

SBPT-SQUIRES-CHAMPION

SBPT-SQUIRES-CHAMPION

Latex Knight Champion Sword

$44

Out of Stock

SBU-ANDURIL

SBU-ANDURIL

Anduril: Sword of King Elessar (Aragorn)

$289

Out of Stock

This is an accurate reproduction of the sword that Aragorn/Elessar carried in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The 420 stainless steel blade is flawless. The runes etched onto the blade are done tastefully and as faithful to Tolkien's descriptions as possible.

SBV-LONGCLAW

SBV-LONGCLAW

Officially Licensed Sword of Jon Snow from HBO® 's Game of Thrones

$255

Out of Stock

This is an officially licensed replica of Longclaw, from the HBO series Game of Thrones. It features a 35 inch polished stainless steel blade and a wolf head shaped pommel. It includes a wooden wall mount plaque with the oath of the night Watch silk screened on it.

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

Romanticized and vilified in literature and film, pirates have been the subject of endless fascination. Pirates of course, are any group of sailors who prey upon other ships, stealing money or goods and sometimes harming or killing the crew. Eye patches seem to have something to do with piracy as well, but no one can really figure out what.

It's hard to say when pirating first started. There are reports of pirates as far back as ancient Greece, and possibly even before, but the pirates that most people think of are the ones from the 17th through the 19th centuries. This was a time when governments actually sanctioned piracy against their enemies (apparently, it was okay to steal from and murder people as long as they were considered enemies of your country). Under these government laws, anyone could attack ships belonging to an enemy country and keep anything that they could recover from the ships. Crews that took advantage of these laws were called "Privateers," which was French for "mean guys with parrots," or "men who drink rum." Well, okay. Privateer isn't really French at all. But "soufflé" is, and it means a "light fluffy dish of egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with cheese or fish or fruit."

Many countries encouraged privateers, including England, Spain, America, France, and many North African countries (these African countries formed the heart of the infamous Barbary Coast pirates). And while the idea of privateers might have sounded good when it was first thought up, it lost some of its charm later on. Here's why: The privateers theorized that, "Hey, if I can get 100 gold a month attacking enemy ships, I could probably get 400 a month attacking any ship." They began testing that hypothesis and, soon, there were hundreds (thousands even) of former privateers attacking any ship that came near them. Thus began the Golden Age of Piracy.

Pirates may have been a lot of things, but they were rarely inefficient. Ship-based life called for cleanliness, order and efficiency in all things. Which is why the cutlass was a favorite of the yo-ho-ho crowd. The weapon was both sword and shield: a vicious blade at one end, a dazzling basket hilt on the other. The blade was short enough to be swung recklessly (without fear of getting caught in rigging or masts) and wide enough to do real damage when it hit. The baskethilt provided excellent hand protection and could even be used as a small shield. The curved blade allowed for fast, efficient cutting and looked pretty good, too.

Click on the link to read the rest of the article about pirates and pirate swords

Curved Swords
The exact origin of curved swords is something that has been debated for years. It is generally accepted that the majority of curved swords came from the East.

Curved swords most likely manifested somewhere around Egypt, with the appearance of the khopesh (a weapon somewhere between sickle and sword).

Since then, a number of curved swords began appearing in the East and westerners took to calling such curved swords "Scimitars." Technically, there isn't one sword that is called a scimitar; the term refers to the entire group of curved swords that came from East (excluding the Japanese curved swords). The term may be a derivative of "Shamshir," which was a thin curved sword from Persia, although the shamshir wasn't really popularized until the 1500s. Other scimitars include the Turkish kilij (think of the massive cleaver swords from Aladdin and you have a fairly accurate picture), and the Indian Tulwar (somewhere between a shamshir and a kilij). Some smaller curved weapons from the east include the Kopis (a knifelike curved blade that probably was the predecessor of the Khopesh), the Nepalese kukri and the hook-handled falcata of ancient Spain.

Curved swords weren't confined to the east, of course. As the scimitars developed in the east, the west was catching on to the trend. Sabers and cutlasses were slowly conceptualized and developed in Europe. The curved blades were ideal for charging horsemen who tended to lose their straight blades in the bodies of their haplessly impaled foes. The curved sabers could slash opponents and slide off as the horsemen rode by. Another advantage was that curved blades were more compact than straight ones, so horsemen were also able to slash from side to side without worrying about trimming the ears off their horses.

Sailors also liked this compact size, since ship-board combat was often in very close quarters, with a vexing amount of wooden obstacles for swords to get embedded in. This explains the stereotypical image of the pirate holding a cutlass, reinforced recently by Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Kierra Knightley in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Back-Swords
A back sword is a sword that has only one edge. The non-sharp edge of the sword is known as the "back" of the blade. These swords often are curved. Examples of back-swords include most cutlasses, sabers and what westerners refer to as "Scimitars."

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