Which Sword are You: One-handed or Two?

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by Ava, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Ava


    Jul 21, 2017
    Which of these two medieval sword forms was the more effective weapon – the one-handed or the two-handed sword?


  2. gadunz


    Dec 4, 2012
    Depends on the user & whatever he carries in his offhand. 2 blades, & a spike, are better than 1.
  3. Timo Nieminen

    Timo Nieminen

    Jan 12, 2016
    Two-handed lets you use a longer sword. Reach matters. A 6' two-hander can be a very effective weapon. Just keep in mind that the spears on the battlefield will have more reach, and the bows, crossbows and guns will have more range.

    Two-handed gives you more leverage.

    One-handed lets you make use of hilt ergonomics to help you move the sword. A snug grip so that the pommel and guard support your hand, letting you hold it securely with a relaxed hand, a pommel that you can use as a pivot to help you rotate the sword (the Windless Battlecry Acre you show fails to do either well, but many swords give you one or both). One-handed lets you use a shield/buckler/dagger with your other hand (or your reins). One-handed is more compact and makes for a better EDC sword - a tiny little short sword you have with you is more effective that the 6' two-hander you left at home. One-handed gives you more reach with the same sword (because you can use a more side-on stance).

    One-on-one, no shield or off-hand weapon, in a clear open space, a longer two-handed sword is better than a shorter one-handed sword. In more general circumstances, which is more effective depends on the circumstances. Skill with the weapon (really, skill with fighting with swords in general, rather than skill with a specific sword) matters much more than the particular weapon.
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  4. Iblametheparents


    Mar 13, 2015
    Bastard sword with complex hilt.
  5. WValtakis

    WValtakis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 29, 2004
    Hand and a half, steerage hilt (43"/2lbs 4oz) ;) Atrim blade


  6. GrReaper


    Sep 22, 2014
    I used to be in the one-handed camp but that was because I didn't know how to use a two-hander. I've now crossed over to prefer two-handers. They just feel right to me.
  7. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Due to old age and poor condition , I do better with two hands on sword or stick .

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