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Old November 30th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Swords and Axes


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I was wondering, What do you think was better on a battlefield, and why? Swords, or Axes?
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Old November 30th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #2

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Re: Swords and Axes


Swords have the obvious advantage of a longer cutting edge, but axes require less skill and dexterity to wield effectively.
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It depends of many things. The sword is more maneuverable and has the advantage of stabbing(gladius). It is better for cavalry then axes.

The axe is very good is some situations. It is usually better then swords to get through armor and can be pretty devastating to break formations(Danish/Norwegian berserker on shield walls).
Also, there is the Frankish axe who can be thrown.

Like I said, it really depends of the situation and both are very good weapons.
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