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Sword appeared as an evolution from a dagger and was used as a weapon of war for thousands of years. Today, swords are used as parts of ceremonial uniforms, for decorative use or in exhibitions. Read about ancient swords.
Sabre is a type of sword that came to Europe from the East and on the way undergone some changes but it kept basic characteristics in most cases: curved blade with a single edge made for slashing.
Swords were in the beginning held for almost magical items and because of that they found their place in legends. There are many magic swords in mythology and in fiction. Read more about magic swords.