There are many different styles and types of swords originating all over the world. From the Aztec Maquahuitl (North America) to over 100 different across the Asian continent too almost 100 different styles from the European continent and many from Africa.
Baston - Eskrima Stick
Bo - Long Staff
A Punjab edged throwing weapon
Chilean Curved Tipped Knife
Dao - Single-edged Chinese sword for slashing and chopping
Falcata - Iberian Single-edged Blade
Jo - ShortStaff used in the Art of Aiki-Jo.
North American Aztec Maquahuitl
Navaja Sevillana - Spanish Folding Knife
Naginatajutsu(長刀術 or 薙刀術)
Three Sectional Staff
Wakizashi - Short or Small Sword
The Yari is a type of spear used in the Arts of Sojutsu, Koryu and Jukendo It is one of the first Japanese weapons, with many different types such as the Sankaku Yari meant to penetrate armor, to the Juji Yari with a cross section used to block and strike
Charlemagne’s Personal Sword
The Sword of Attila
- Also called the Sword of God or Sword of Mars
This is the Legendary Weapon carried by - Attila the Hun
Gorō Nyūdō Masamune
(c.1264 - 1343 AD)
Preist Masamune is widely recognized as Japan's greatest swordsmith. No exact dates are known for Masamune's life.
He is believed to have worked in Sagami Province during the last part of the Kamakura period (1288 - 1328).
An award for swordsmiths called the Masamune Prize is awarded at the Japanese Sword Making Competition. Although not awarded every year, it is presented to the swordsmith who has created exceptional work.
The Honjō Masamune is one of the best known of the swords created by Masamune, and is believed to be among the finest Japanese swords ever made which was passed down from one shōgun to another.
The name Honjō possibly came about due to this sword's connection to General Honjō Shigenaga who gained the sword in combat during the 16th century.The blade has a number of chips from the great battle but is still usable. Since the early 1700’s, the sword remained with the Tokugawa family, the last known owner being Tokugawa Iemasa.
At the end of World War II, Tokugawa Iemasa allegedly turned in the Honjō Masamune to a police station in Tokyo in December of 1945. Shortly thereafter in January 1946, the Mejiro police gave the sword to a unidentified individual with the Foreign Liquidations Commission of the Army Forces, Western Pacific.
The Honjō Masamune’s current location remains unknown. It is the most important of the missing Japanese swords and, it was made a Japanese National Treasure (Kokuhō) in 1939.
** The Sword pictured above is Not the Honjo Masamune.