The term broadsword is used to refer to different types of swords, across many cultures and time periods.
- During the 17th through 19th centuries, the term was used in Europe as a name for a specific design of sword, namely a straight-bladed, double-edged, basket-hilted sword like the Italian schiavona or the Scottish claymore (which has been used to describe both basket-hilted blades and the more popular greatsword). As a means of recording the passage of Time, the 17th Century was that Century which lasted from 1601 - 1700 in the Gregorian calendar The 19th century of the Common Era began on January 1, 1801 and ended on December 31, 1900, according to the Gregorian calendar The hilt (sometimes called the haft) of a Sword is its handle consisting of a guard, grip and pommel. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest The Schiavona was a Renaissance sword that became popular in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. The term claymore (ˈkleɪmɔr or /kleɪˈmɔr/ from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh mòr, "great sword" may refer to one of two distinct types The Greatsword or grete Swerd is referenced today mostly as an extremely large or powerful weapon like the Zweihänder, in comparison with less sizable Surviving examples of such swords are around 105 cm long (90 cm of which is blade) with a base blade width of 3. 5 cm and a mass of about one kilogram. These swords were used for their slashing and crushing ability as well as their easiness to make/fashion.
- In modern usage, "broadsword" inappropriately refers to a category of swords, specifically those whose blade geometry is designed for cutting and slashing attacks, as opposed to the fencing weapons and their emphasis on thrusts and stabs. The term Blade geometry refers to the physical properties of a sword blade cross-section and taper Fencing is the art of armed Combat involving Cutting, Stabbing, or slapping bludgeoning Weapons directly manipulated by hand This began after the advent of the slimmer-bladed rapier, smallsword and épée during the Renaissance, and was picked up by museum curators during the 19th century as a catch-all for all slashing swords, including the Medieval arming sword, longsword and greatsword. A rapier is a relatively slender sharply pointed Sword, used mainly for thrusting attacks mainly in use in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries The small sword or smallsword (also court sword, fr épée de cour or dress sword) is a light one-handed Sword designed for thrusting The épée ('epeɪ is the modern derivative of the original Duelling Sword, the Rapier, used in sport fencing. The Renaissance (from French Renaissance, meaning "rebirth" Italian: Rinascimento, from re- "again" and nascere The arming sword (also sometimes called a knight's or knightly sword) is the single handed Cruciform Sword of the High Middle Ages The Longsword is a type of European Sword used during the Late medieval and Renaissance periods approximately 1350 to 1550 (with early and late use reaching The Greatsword or grete Swerd is referenced today mostly as an extremely large or powerful weapon like the Zweihänder, in comparison with less sizable
- The Chinese Dao is sometimes translated as "broadsword", due to its wide blade and design similarities to the European sabre and Middle-Eastern scimitar, both of which can be considered "broadswords" (second sense, above) due to the slashing nature of their attacks. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Dao ( "knife"is a category of single-edge Chinese Swords primarily used for slashing and chopping ( Sabres, often called a broadsword The sabre or saber (see spelling differences) is a kind of Sword that usually but not always has A scimitar (ˈsɪmɪtə is a Sword with a curved blade design finding its origins in Southwest Asia
See also The first HMS ''Broadsword'' was a Weapon class destroyer commissioned in 1948
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