One of the more common and interesting discussions in swordplay is that of which weapon is the “best.” It seems there are as many opinions as there are weapons. Some think the rapier is best, because of its reach and preeminence in the a one on one duel. Some argue for the longsword for its versatility and power. There is the side that likes the basket hilted broadsword for hand protection and ease of carry. Some people even say the katana is best because they know nothing about swords. It’s always a fun conversation. Continue reading
I made something of an ironic point last week when talking about the rapier. And now I’m going to spoil any hint of cleverness by calling attention to it. You see, if George Silver is known for anything these days it’s for hating the “Italianated” Rapier yet I used his Universal Governors as a reason to teach it.