Antique edged weapons
In the Middle Ages, cold steel had a symbolic meaning, which was reflected both in official documents and in literature and visual arts. There were many types of edged weapons. Special hunting knives appeared, and under the influence of crooked Arab sabers, the appearance of European blades changed. Changed in the XVI century. fencing technique also influenced the development of cold weapons. The tip was used more often than the blade, so the blades became longer and narrower. By the middle of the XV century. additional guards came into fashion (the result of the development of the arms was the modern long rapier).
Great attention began to be paid to decorating cold weapons, especially after the aristocracy began to perceive it as a precious addition to the costume. The handles were made with a gold notch, encrusted with stones, and at that time they were very expensive. Just as in the case of armor, the best artists worked on the look of the arms. Mannerist style handles were very difficult to make from steel, and weapons with these handles were used only for parades and special occasions. The appearance of a cold weapon depended not only on the type of troops, but also on which regiment the officer belonged to. The style of the weapon made it possible to distinguish the policeman from the court and the general from the customs officer.
The main type of cold steel of the new time was the bayonet. It was used both for defense and for attack. Infantry built in the square, bristling with bayonets, could repel the attack of cavalry, and bayonet attacks often decided the fate of battles at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.
In Great Britain, until 1780, they did not pay attention to the uniformity of cold arms, and the colonels were allowed to provide parts with swords at their discretion. But you can collect weapons made after 1788, and especially valuable samples of weapons of the Napoleonic wars. Officers traditionally equipped depending on the type of troops. The heavy cavalry were armed with broadswords with a straight blade, the light cavalry had sabers with a slightly curved blade, the infantry had thin straight swords. The officer’s blades adorned the blue-gold pattern in the form of flowers with curved stems, and sometimes in the form of a human figure standing or sitting on a horse. These luxury products are now of great value. Swords of infantry officers with a simple blade, by contrast, are quite inexpensive.
All military attributes of the Third Reich are of interest to collectors, and parade dirks are no exception. For a relatively small amount, you can purchase dirks of any kind of troops. Less common, and therefore more expensive are the SS daggers, dirks of the protection of railways, the diplomatic corps and parts of technical assistance.
Although many Europeans got Japanese swords as trophies of the Second World War, these products are mass produced and are very common. Japanese swords are much higher valued over 1867, when the emperor forbade samurai to wear swords in public. The complex process of forging Japanese swords has created a reputation for their excellence in quality. Although Shinto swords can be found, any sword until the XIV century. worth a whopping amount.