Types of swords

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This is a list of types of swords.

The term sword used here is a narrow definition. This is not a general list of bladed weapons and does not include the machete or similar "sword-like" weapons.

African swords[edit]

North African swords[edit]

Sub-Saharan African Swords[edit]

Asian swords[edit]

East Asian swords[edit]

China
Main article: Chinese sword
Japan
Main article: Japanese sword
Korea
Main article: Korean sword

Southeast Asian swords[edit]

Swords and knives found in Southeast Asia are influenced by Indian, Far Eastern (Chinese) as well as Near Eastern (Muslim) and European (Spanish) forms.

Indonesia/Malaysia
Myanmar
Philippines
Thailand

South Asian Swords[edit]

Bhutan
India
Nepal
Sri Lanka

West & Central Asian swords[edit]

All of the Islamic world during the 16th to 18th century, including the Ottoman Empire and Persia were influenced by the saif or "scimitar" type of single-edged curved sword. Via the Mameluke sword this also gave rise to the European cavalry sabre.

Terms for the "scimitar" curved sword:

European swords[edit]

HISTORY

Post-Classical history[edit]

Main article: Oakeshott typology

Modern history[edit]

16th and 17th centuries[edit]

18th and 19th centuries[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]