There are many weapon buffs on these boards.
I have a question for them.
fencing-style swords functioncompared to
2 handed swords
(and other important things you can think of)
I'm writing a story with fencing-style swords* and without guns. (it's anachronistic)
//*foil, epee, sabre, rapier, small sword, etc.
From what I've read, these smaller swords came about because firearms became a primary weapon. Carrying a much lighter sword was preferred when it was a secondary weapon.
However, I've also read (and I can no longer find the source) that these swords were superior in combat to the larger swords. Is this true? If people were using sabres and rapiers, would short swords, long swords, 2 handed swords be used at all? Are the former too quick (ie. stabbing people through vital organs)?
Also, how would they stack up against clubs, staves, and spears? Would those weapons have their place? I realize these are 4 weapon types with different functions, but it may do well to consider just what those functions are.
Katanas: Note that I'm not really considering Japanese swords such as katanas. But if you want to compare them, great. Or not.