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  • Ringo

    How about Hatori Hanzo?

    • oak

      cuz thats a person not a sword

      • Ringo

        his swords are called hatori hanzo swords…

        • Bryan

          It looks like Hatori Hanzo was a skilled fighter and ninja. I don’t think he was known for creating swords, but rather fighting with them. His name was used in the movie Kill Bill, in which the character was a master swordsmith. For this reason, you can buy replica swords from the film online.

    • Penumbra

      Hattori Honzo was not a sword smith, He was a Ninja of the Iga clan that served under the Tokugawa during and after the Sengoku era. He wasn’t even a swordsman, he was a Spear-master. The Reason he appears in the Kill Bill movies is because Tarantino liked an old Japanese tv series that depicted first the old ninja and then, through subsequent seasons, his descendants through out history, all bearing his name. The sword smith in the Movie was supposed to be one of these descendants as an homage.

  • Young Bat

    “The INFAMOUS William the Conqueror”? Why?

    • Bryan

      He was the leader of the Norman Conquest over the English Crown. During his reign, William brought Norman-French culture to England and had a large impact on the subsequent course of action in England during the Middle Ages. When using the term, I meant it more like “legendary,” although the word “infamous” does have some negative connotation. I wasn’t trying to put down William the Conqueror.

      • Young Bat

        Bryan – unfortunately, “infamous” according to the Cambridge Dictionary means “famous for something bad,” which is TOTALLY bad! William wasn’t totally bad; he even tried to forgive his enemies (good going for the 11th century). So you may have to change “infamous”. Living in England, I do know who William was: a successful claimant to the English throne when St Edward the Confessor died. Harold Godwinson took the crown, and William successfully challenged him (with a little help!) Enjoyed your page of Swords, anyway, Bryan.

        • Bryan

          Thanks for the info. I really don’t know too much about William living in the states. When I hear the word infamous, I guess I don’t think of it as to much of an insult, but I understand what you are saying and will take that into consideration when using that word in future articles I write.

          • chuchofreeman

            After 4 years the word still stands. You really should change it. It does not matter what you think when you hear the word, but what it really means.

            Regarding the article, I didn’t know some of them. But I thought they were going to be weapons that killed many people, rather than famous weapons.

            Good read though.

          • Indiana Jones

            Honestly, this should really be a little more exciting. I do fencing, ( though I suck at it) and I wanted to learn a little more about swords. I did, but really dryly. Don’t take this the wrong way though, because it was very descriptive and looks like it took you a long time.


    Bryan, if you don’t know the story, you’ll enjoy this account! There is an 11th century tapestry, and someone on YouTube has cleverly animated it so you can see the story of the Norman Conquest. Enjoy!

    • Bryan

      Nice, interesting link. England has such a long and storied history.

  • Granada

    ¿La de Boabdil?

    • Bryan

      I believe you are making a reference to Muhammad XII of Granada, who was the last ruler of the Emirate of Granada, which was established from 1228–1492. Muhammad XII didn’t come up in my research on famous swords, but I’m sure he owned one. In order to make the list, the original sword, or at least parts of the original, has to be available for viewing in a museum around the world.

      • Spina

        Boadbil sword is in Musée de Cluny, France

  • Bob

    Bryan, what a great article. Often great respect is paid for the swords of great men. For example, many think of the fictional sword Excalibur of King Arthur.

    I might mention that the reason for Charlemagne being viewed as the father of Europe is that he’s better known as the Frankish king who saved Europe from total Muslim domination. El Cid of course did the same for northern Spain. Those efforts continued for several centuries and were known as the Crusades. Unfortunately, many of the Crusades were poorly led and became little more than pillaging raids. But they were meant to free European lands, including what we now call Turkey and Palestine, from Islamic domination.

    By the way, the last of the Roman Empire, called the Byzantine Empire, fell around 1450 when Roman forces from Constantinople lost a battle at a small unknown village of Kosovo, not far from another obscure town named Sarajevo. It was that loss and the later reconquest of southern ports in Spain that allowed Columbus to sail for a new route to India and China and thus discover for Europe, again, the New World. Also, the last of European lands were not liberated from Islamic rule until 1924 with the fall of the Ottoman Empire Caliphate.

    The sword awarded by Congress to Commodore Stephen Decatur if it still exists would be a great addition to the comments on the line of swords that participated in keeping the West free from total Muslim domination or Dhimmitude. Remember, our first war after the Revolutionary War was against Islamic forces which we have euphemistically called the Barbary Pirates. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was meant to start a regional war to free the Balkans from Islamic domination and WW2 was an extension of WW1. WW3 might well be caused by a Muslim power with a nuclear weapon.

    • Bob

      My apologies for not being clearer. I was trying to explain why certain other swords might deserve an honorable mention and to explain the greater importance of Charlemagne and the importance to this day of his actions.

      I wasn’t claiming Muslims caused WW2 but WW2 was an extension of WW1 caused by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The reason for the assassination was to start a war between Austro-Hungary and Russia so as to expel Islamic Caliphate from the Balkans. Due to interlocking treaties, events spiraled out of control. It would be more accurate to say the unfair Treaty of Versailles was the proximate cause of WW2. To understand modern Europe and even America we have to understand the history of the breakup of the Roman Empire and the Islamic invasion of Europe and the resulting turmoil. Also we can’t ignore Hitler.

      A WW3 needn’t be nuclear but there’s no doubt some islamic countries desire to get nuclear weapons in order to attack Israel and Western interests. It’s not animosity or bigotry to say that from its beginning the US has had numerous conflicts with Islam or that much of Europe from Spain to the Caucus Mountains in Russia, northern italy to the Baltic States, N. Africa to Turkey to Palestine and to western India and China were invaded and conquered by Muslim armies. It’s simply a matter of history. If one understands the Islamic doctrines of Dar al-Harb, Bar al-Islam, and Dhimmitude one realizes modern times haven’t changed that much other than the degree of technology we have.

      However, WW3 could as easily start from missteps between the US and China or N. Korea throwing a nuke at S. Korea or japan. So I’d say that we should still be concerned about the possibility of a major war in the future and it need not start in the Mideast.

      Too bad we couldn’t have the leaders of countries wanting to fight put in an arena for an old fashioned sword fight with the survivor winning for his country. And of course the swords would go to museums.

      But you’re correct we shouldn’t hold to animosity. The whole concept of democracies is meant to encourage peace and trade between nations, even formerly bitter enemies, while preventing aggression. Thus we admire swords but hope we don’t have to use them in anger.

      • aymane

        cant you enjoy the beauty of this thread and stop talking about muslim? and please stop using muslim because muslim is a human being and i guess your talking about nation right?just let us enjoy the thread with peace.

    • shim

      well i dont think that muslim as a state will ever start a war but i’m not sure about those so called jahidis… these jahadies are not muslims … i’m a muslim and i now in islam killing a innocent person is not jihad … 🙂

  • Granada

    Según mi información la espada de Boabdil se encuentra en el Museo de Ejército.
    Este museo estuvo originalmente en Madrid (cerca del Museo del Prado), pero fue trasladado al Alcázar de Toledo.
    Tiene el número de referencia 24.902.
    Hay dudas de que esta sea la espada original.

    • Bryan

      Sorry I don’t speak Spanish, but I think that you are saying that the sword is located at the Museum of the Army (“Museo del Ejército”), which is located in the Alcázar of Toledo stone fortification. It was very interesting to read about the Alcázar of Toledo and I am sure that the sword you are referring
      to is great.

      • Granada

        Dear Bryan,
        first of all: we have got a problem. You say you don’t speak Spanish, and I must say I don’t speak nor write English. Nevertheless, I do think we will be able to understand eachother in our own languages, each of us.
        Toledo as to its above all historical importance as well as a touristic destination, is a Spanish city about 90 km south of Madrid. It was Spain’s imperial capital where in its time Christian, Jew and Moslem cultures lived together without any serious problems, something that nowadays seems a fairy tale. The city is part of the World’s Mankind Heritage.
        The Alcázar de Toledo, in our days home to the Army Museum, has its origin in a fortress built by the Romans, having been modified and modernised by following invasions as the Visigoths and Arabs. King Alfonso VI, having conquered the city, made it his residence and so did Carlos I, and Felipe II after the rebuilding works of 1535.
        It was destroyed during the Succession War, around 1770. In 1771, Carlos III gave it over to the cardinal Lorenzana to have it transformed into a charity house. However, the building suffered a new desaster by Napoleon’s troops who set it on fire in 1810. Consequently, the fortress was completely rebuilt in 1882 which is when it became the Military Academy’s headquarters. But once again it suffered a stroke of misfortune because another fire destroyed the building seven years later. And once again it was rebuilt, with the same anterior function, till the siege during the Civil War.
        After new rebuilding works during the 1950ies and preserving the ancient structure of the building, it became the Siege Museum and now, too, holds part of the Army Museum starring among its collection arms from the famous Toledo arms factory, such as the historical swords Tizona (XI century), Boabdil’s sword (XV century), and Mebemet Al’s Alfanje (XV century).
        As to Boabdil’s magnificent sword I can tell you that it’s made of steel, gilded silver, enamel and ivory (97 cm). The scabbard is made of wood, leather, gilded silver, enamel and silver threads (77 cm). The “tahalí” is made of silk and silver.
        Let me know how I can manage to send photos.

        I’ll now continue in Spanish:

        “En la batalla de Lucena 888/1483, Muhammad XII, Boabdil, fue apresado por las tropas de Diego Fernández de Córdoba, a quien los Reyes Católicos cedieron las armas e indumentaria atribuidas al prisionero. Éstas fueron conservadas por sus descendientes, hasta que la Marquesa Viuda de Viana dividió el legado en su testamento en 1901. Una parte ingresó en el Museo de Artillería en 1906 y el resto quedó en posesión de su hijo, quien lo presentó al Rey Alfonso XIII e ingresó en la Real Armería en 1927.
        La guarnición de esta espada, relacionada con Boabdil, consta de un pomo esférico coronado por un prominente botón cónico y empuñadura tripartita con dos virolas flanqueando una pieza de marfil tallada. El arriaz curvo se caracteriza por un perfil superior ondulado, con ausencia de cabezas de animales en su curvatura máxima y decoración calada al exterior de sus brazos, no en el interior. Estos rasgos diferencian un tercer grupo de jinetas que incluye las de la colección Campotejar, del Museo Arqueológico Nacional y de la Real Armería de Madrid. La hoja es posterior.
        La vaina está formada por dos piezas de madera forradas de cuero, brocal, contera y dos abrazaderas con festones trilobulados. Dos cabos fijados en las argollas de las abrazaderas conservan parte de un tahalí de seda. Su decoración se enriquece mediante hilos de plata dorada bordados, paneles con palmetas en el reverso de los cabos y por las bandas laterales del tahalí, limitadas en color verde albergando almenas negras escalonadas sobre fondo rojo.
        La decoración del conjunto responde a un patrón geométrico que concibe la empuñadura y la vaina como un mismo plano, donde combina estrellas de ocho puntas y crucetas enmarcadas por bandas de filigrana. Las virolas, los brazos del arriaz, las estrellas y las crucetas están esmaltadas en blanco y rojo como colores centrales, mientras que el negro y el verde actúan como fondos. Dicha gama proporciona una riqueza cromática en la que destaca la utilización del verde, color de mayor presencia en las piezas del grupo. También son rasgos distintivos la ausencia de emblemas y la presencia de inscripciones en alabanza a la divinidad, realzadas en esta espada por el predominio de las estrellas como símbolo de la realidad divina.”.

        • Bryan

          I think you did a good job writing in English. I could understand what you were saying and the Siege Museum looks like an amazing place. Boabdil’s sword could have easily been listed among the Top 10 swords in the world.

        • Bob

          Granada, as a young teenager I got to visit Toledo, including the factory where swords are still made. My father, who’s first language is Spanish, was station in Germany while in the Army. The visit was extremely fascinating and their swords were works of art. I also go to see a lot of the other parts of spain including Madrid and Barcelona. It was a great education.

          • Granada

            Hello, Bob:
            I was born in Granada and am living in Madrid. My wife is German. So you see all you mention is very close to me.
            As to the Toledo swords, they have always been very famous throughout History due to their steel’s quality. They say that it’s due to having been tempered in the river Tajo’s waters which circumflows Toldedo.
            Nobody who comes to Spain can “conquer” any of the cities you mention in just one day. But for whoever comes to visit us I would recommend Granada with her Alhambra, her cathedral and many other monuments, as well as Córdoba with its ancient Mosque, Sevilla with its cathedral (all of these in Andalusia), then the ancient town center of Cáceres in Extremadura and the Roman city of Mérida. Furthermore, the equally Roman city of Segovia with its grand aqueduct and Gothic cathedral and – above all- the Alcázar with its historical arms collection. Besides, there are the city of Ávila with its famous ancient walls, as well as one of the oldest European universities in the city of Salamanca, Burgos with its famous cathedral and some other Castilian spots.
            And if the visitor wishes for landscpes and natural sceneries, there are the regions of Asturias (capital Oviedo), Cantabria (capital Santander) and Vizcaya (Capital Bilbao) and Guipúzcoa (capital San Sebastián), apart from the Pyreneesto fall in love with. Galicia (North of Portugal) with its landscapes and delicious cuisine and sea food would not disappoint anybody either.
            Madrid and Barcelona, of course, are two more destinations very worth a visit.
            And in all these cities the enthusiast of ancient swords will find fascinating ancient armory. From the Phoenician to the Carthage and Roman ones to, of course, the Arab and Castilian ones.
            Spain, as all this world’s nations, cannot be conquered in one day.

  • Ender

    Please, remember “Durandal” sword.

    • Bryan

      The story of Roland and his sword Durendal are also worthy of appearing on this list. The tale is based in French legendary history and fragments from the sword are said to be preserved in Rocamadour, France. In The Song of Roland, the sword is said to contain within its golden hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  • Bryan

    Well put,
    Ya you are right. I did initially misread your first comment about World War II. It has been removed as to not confuse anybody. I also agree with you that there is always a need to worry about N. Korea, but hopefully China not so much.

  • Nick Stuart

    Neglected to mention Robert E. Lee’s “Maryland Sword” which might be about the most famous sword in American history.

    • Bryan

      Good Call,
      Your right that would be a great addition, I had a hard time coming up with famous American swords, but many do exist from the Civil War era. I did a search for the sword and came across The Museum of the Confederacy’s (located in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood). The museum has collections totaling more than 15,000 items in a wide variety of categories. Not everything can be displayed at once, but it says that you can call and make an appointment to view any artifact.

      The Museum’s collection of swords and sabers, numbering more than two hundred pieces, includes examples of U.S., foreign, and Confederate manufactured weapons. Both J.E.B Stuart and John Bell Hood carried French officer’s cavalry sabers, while Gen. Richard Taylor carried a foot officer’s sword made by Thomas, Griswold & Company of New Orleans.

      Of the presentation swords in the collection, the most famous belonged to Gen. Robert E. Lee. Worn as part of his full dress uniform for his meeting with Ulysses S. Grant, it is often referred to as the “Appomattox sword.” Given to Lee by an anonymous Marylander in 1863, the sword was made by Devisme in Paris, France, and includes the inscription: Aide toi et dieu l’aidera (“Help yourself and god will help you” or “God helps those who help themselves”). This is the sword that you mentioned and it is one of the most famous in US history. Lee surrendered the sword in April of 1865 after the Battle of Appomattox Court House.

      Gen. Lewis Armistead’s sword, carried at the battle of Gettysburg, is also part of the museum’s collection. Commanding one of the three brigades in Pickett’s division, Armistead led his troops during “Pickett’s Charge” with his hat raised high on the point of this sword. Armistead was mortally wounded in the charge and died two days later. The veterans of the unit that defended Cemetery Ridge against the charge returned the sword to the Pickett Division Association during a reunion at Gettysburg in 1906, and it was donated to the museum that same year.

  • ali alzubaidy

    Good work, but you have the wrong information on the inferior Zulfiqar Zulfigar
    Because this sword is attributed to the author whose name is engraved on the sword, the Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, was the owner of the sword husband daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.
    I hope this information help you



  • indra wijaya

    no body mentioned damascus sword by Salahuddin

  • ab8623

    The Gurkha sword, called the Khukuri should be on this list. Google it. Its amazing

  • Mike

    Small grammar note; In the Wallace piece you mention that he led an “infantry” of soldiers. Infantry is a descriptor, an adjective not a noun. One does not lead an “infantry”. One leads a squad, platoon, company, battalion, regiment (or brigade), division or army.

    • David

      Then you could not say the Infantry. That use would be a noun.

  • Jesse

    The kilij. Turkish curved sword used during the time of Vladimir the impailer.

  • YouRang?

    A seven-branched sword is “believed to have been created” that was never meant for battle. You always have to throw in a ringer, don’t you, Bryan? There’s always one item that doesn’t belong with the rest. Are you Navajo or something? Hehehe.

    In any case, the rest of the list was great and I learned a lot. I’m glad I read it. A feature on mythological swords would be great for a future list. GO, Stormbringer!

  • Hey, im doing a school assignment on the seven branched sword, i have a few questions. Do you know if the sword was found by someone or if it was just passed down? And i read somewhere that it was made for just cereminial purposes and not for actual combat, what kind of ceremonies would it have been involved in??

    Thanks, please reply ASAP

  • oh and does anyone know why the inscription of the seven branched sword is in chinese when it was made in korea to japan??



    • Recce1

      The reason it is judged as 3rd as we are using mostly Western standards. Therefore the claim that it was sent by God isn’t considered that much. Your surprise that Westerners use a different standard than yours is surprising.

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    • Masood

      I am Totally Agree With You Kumail,This Top 10 sword List need Modification

  • emily_weirdnez

    i thought i’m gonna see the excalibur here(hope i spelled that right). coz if it’s on this list, then king arthur is real hehe..

  • Young Bat

    emily_weirdnez – it’s well known in England here that King Arthur (with Excalibur by his side) and all his knights are slumbering in a cavern underground (people argue about exactly where in the UK). He is due to arise when England is in trouble, and he and his knights will come to her aid.

    The way things are going here at the moment, King Arthur must be due any time. I just hope he is also versed in economics!

    • Douglas

      Isn’t that cavern near the Castle Arrrggg? 😉

      • Young Bat

        What a shame! I believe that Douglas was about to let us know the name of the Castle near the cavern where King Arthur is sleeping, but unfortunately someone stabbed him as he was about to reveal the name – hence the “AAARG!”

  • BIG R

    Very informative article! Was a pleasure to read an article written by someone with a mastery of the subject matter. As far as the word “infamous” being used for William the Conquerer, it was used in the section of William Wallace, who definately would have considered W t C infamous. And it is recorded that William himself on his deathbed lamented many terrible deeds that he did. I think William considered himself infamous, so I dont think using the word in the section you used it was going to far.

  • Adanska

    You know I am surprised that there isn’t a single Muramasa blade in this listing. Although his blades were said to be evil and couldn’t be resheathed until they cut blood he was still known widely as a famous swordsmith equal to Masamune. So why none of his blades?

  • mike

    Miyamoto Musashi sword should be on the list as he is the most famous samurai in Japan winning over 60 duels by 30y.o. and all of those were highly skilled swordsman some supposedly unbeatable.

  • Leon Crowley

    I have a Chinese sword that is supposed to be more than 3,000 years old. How can I get it verified ?

  • joni

    how about ‘Kriss’ from indonesia??? this small sword can release the lightning

  • John

    That’s a neat list, with some swords I’ve never heard of before. Feel free to check out as well for more swords.

  • zawyar

    the sword’s name is zulfiqar its a q not g

  • ajay

    khanda is the sharpest scored 328 kills in the showdeadliest warrior.highest kills scored by any other sword.wootz steel contains carbon nanotubes which makes it extremely sharp

    • atok rockers

      salahuddin al ayubi sword is the sharpes sword in the world, it is damascus sword/persia sword..proof from the germany saintis Prof Dr. Peter Paufler and many west saintis..use nano can through crusader metal or amour dress, cutting two enemies sword, slash armourdress & stone with no damage at the sword.

  • atok rockers

    number 1 must be salahuddin al ayubi sword..the most sharpest sword in the world..make by the secrect skill at damascus..alluminium are heavy than this sword metal..the intelligent iq Allah give to islam warrior to beat kafir technology in metal..

  • Divyraj

    Why does no1 know about Indian history Maharana Prataps sword believe it or not it weights 25kg its in the udaipur museum he has cut a man in half with it. His sword should definitely be in this list. The indian sword Khanda.

  • Astaroth

    How about Crocea Mors? The sword of the greatest conqueror and commander ever is definitely worth a placement on this list. Should be interesting to know if it is still there in Nennius’ tomb…

    • Michael

      So what ? Some of the samurai swords in Japanese museum have documentations of them cutting through five men.

  • Far1s

    I would like to add some more info about this hand-combat weapon,search about “Keris Taming Sari” the most famous Keris in Nusantara Archipelago,it is believed been made with many types of steel embedded into one mold,and also for muslims,the iron from the padlock used for Kaaba has also been added into it,throughout many folklore,it has been said that whoever hold the weapon cannot be killed or be harmed,also wielded by Hang Tuah given by the Sultanate of Malacca originally came from Majapahit,sorry for bad grammar!

  • Bahri Guney

    The most beautifull sword in the world is the Sword of Fatih Sultan Mehmed
    its shown in the Topkapi palace in Istanbul …you can find also there the sword of Mohammed the Prophet and the sword of Ali “Zulfiqar”
    Turkish swords are the best sword’s in the world ..The metal and construction is superior to al swords of kind …even much much better than Japanese Swords ….
    The western people in Europa and America did copy the Turkish Sword even today
    In fact the sword of Napoleon is even a Turkish sword of design and construction

    • Michael

      There are Japanese swords that have cut through five men. Could cut through Turkish sword as well in the hands of a trained swordsman.

      • Adam

        Japanese sword barely cut 2 pigs on tests so cttting through 5 naked man claims rather stupid.
        Japanese sword made by techniques bestowed by Turks, and chinese.
        Metal in japan terrible quality it’s mostly piss poor corroded iron sand while Turks were APEX of blacksmithing world that acess to finest material in the world.
        Turkis conquered more land than any other etnic group in the history of man and their curved swords insipred created many like it such as ;
        Dao (sword)
        Mameluke sword: a derivative of the Kilij
        Tachi : basis for katana
        Yatagan: another distinctive Turkish sword

        ps: Kilij cuts better than a katana it’s tried and true.

  • Vishal Rana

    There is no sword of the great indian Warrior Maharana Pratap.
    I think you also have to mention that one in this list.


  • Rose

    Sword of Goujian – A historical artifact from the Spring and Autumn Period is an amazing sword should be mentioned in this page.

  • There is also Zande sword used by Zande warrior ( an Ethiopian tribe) . They had a popular quote that goes: “We Zandes kill. We don’t have time to take you back to camp. That’s not our purpose when we go into battle. Our purpose is to take you out.”

  • A1000

    Sword of Chattrapati Shivaji, it weighted 80 kgs, it should be the heaviest sword in the world.

  • Rishabh Singh Ghalot

    its incomplete without the indian king Maharana Pratap Singh’s sword cos that was over 50 kg & could cut a soilder along with his horse into two

  • Lavesh rajpurohit

    yo rishabh, i agree u, maharana pratap’s sword weighs upto 50 kg & should be at the top………… And do u watch maharana pratap on sony tv

  • Masood

    OMG Awesome Collection Of Sword But Sultan Salhudin Ayubi Sword Was Missing in Top Sword List ,ANy Ways Nice Work

  • cap

    If we could only find the greatest sword of all, that of Alexander The Great !!

  • The Unknown

    This is worthless. Zulfiqar is the most powerful sword. Keep it at #1 .

  • Michael

    This list was awesome!

  • Gina

    You’ve got an awful lot of swords on here that are more famous than deadly. As a general rule (HA!), generals, kings, etc. don’t actually do that much killing directly. Most of the swords on this list are more “famous and ceremonial.”

  • A

    Maharana Pratap’s sword weighed 25 kgs and he did cut Behlol Khan and his horse during the war of Haldighati vertically,in just one blow.

  • abdiiqwa

    hej guys i have europeans king sword if some one kows about it contuct me thanks

    • Beatzx

      King Arthur, his sword name is Excalibur.