Knives and Swords: A Visual History

By DK Publishing

Showcasing greater than three hundred swords, knives, and daggers from over 3,000 years of heritage with lovely colour images, Knives and Swords is the right ebook for somebody with an curiosity within the background of edged guns. From the finely crafted swords of the japanese samurai to the brutal yet sensible bayonet of the area warfare I infantryman, Knives and Swords areas the guns of their historic context in addition to supplying in-depth research of the main traditionally major bladed guns.

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Three½ toes (1. m) This vintage arming sword—so referred to as since it used to be worn by way of a man-at-arms—features a shallow, double-grooved fuller within the strong point and forward-curving quillons. Its double-edged blade and sharp aspect made it an invaluable weapon for either slicing and thrusting. offering A BLOW This representation from the Tower Fechtbuch, an early 14th-century manuscript by means of an unknown writer and illustrator, exhibits males fencing with a sword and buckler safeguard. each one web page of the fight e-book is split into scenes that depict diversified equipment of assault. right here, the fellow at the correct assaults, whereas retaining his protect with the defend. AZTEC BLADES FLINT KNIVES DATE starting place c. 1500 Aztec Empire size 12 in (30 cm) battle within the Aztec Empire, which coated a lot of what's now Mexico, used to be pushed via the necessity for a standard provide of prisoners for human sacrifice. even supposing the Aztecs had bows, slings, and throwing spears, they most well-liked to take advantage of close-quarters slicing guns to disable an enemy, frequently through a blow to the legs. for his or her blades, the Aztecs made broad use of obsidian (a volcanic glass) and flint, either one of that could be honed to razorlike sharpness, even if the blades can be simply broken. eventually, the Aztecs’ Stone-Age weaponry proved no fit for the metal and gunpowder of the Spanish invaders who conquered the zone within the sixteenth century. useful and straightforward to make by means of flaking (pp. 8–9), flint knives like those examples had many reasons in Aztec society. even if, they have been most often utilized by clergymen for undertaking human sacrifice, as opposed to obsidian knives, simply because obsidian, even though sharper than flint, is very brittle. OBSIDIAN KNIFE DATE beginning Hooked finish of blade c. 1500 Aztec Empire size 12 in (30 cm) The Aztecs talked about human sacrifice as “the flowered dying through the obsidian knife,” because it used to be thought of an honor to die a sacrificial dying. Obsidian supplied a razor-sharp blade that Aztec monks used to chop out the hearts of sufferers. After the guts have been ritually burned, the corpse was once dismembered. ninety four the center a while Serrated facet embellished FLINT KNIFE DATE foundation c. 1500 Aztec Empire size 12 in (30 cm) Eye made up of shell and obsidian or hematite enamel formed from shell This adorned flint knife used to be present in the good Temple, which stood within the middle of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. greater than 20,000 sufferers have been sacrificed on the commitment of the temple in 1487. Knives have been occasionally adorned to resemble the face of the god to whom sacrifice used to be provided. AZTEC BLADES ninety five Head and shaft are made up of wooden Obsidian the teeth set in groove alongside fringe of membership THROWING SPEAR DATE c. 1500 complete view beginning Aztec Empire The Aztecs’ stone-edged spears have been frequently introduced through a throwing stick, or atlatl. This made them strong guns in a position to inflicting critical injury—even to an absolutely armored Spanish soldier. ninety six the center a while Stone flake MAQUAHUITL (CLUB) DATE foundation c. 1500 Aztec Empire size 30 in (75 cm) the most close-quarters weapon was once a wood membership with sharp obsidian enamel wedged into its head.

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