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During the history swords changed in accordance to innovations in metallurgy and styles of fight. Today we have tens and tens of different types of swords from those dating from Bronze Age to those used in modern fencing. Read more about types of swords.
Fiction is full of swords, especially fantasy. Coming from myths and legends, these swords are usually magical or have a history behind that makes them important for a story and almost a character on par with others.
Classification of swords is used to bring some order in a wide range of different swords that appeared throughout the history and to make research of swords easier as well as to help to understanding of the development of the sword.
Some swords played as important parts in history as the people that wielded them. Because of that, they earned names in time and by those names we know them today. Read about famous historical swords.