This is an article about the single-handed weapon. For other uses of the term, see Sword (disambiguation).

The arming sword, alongside axes, maces and polearms, was the go-to close combat weapon for the Medieval fighter[1], hence the name. An arming sword is characterized by a cruciform cross, a handle optimized for a single-hand grip, and on average a 30-inch double-edged blade that tapers to a fine thrusting point.

Due to its prevalence as a common soldier's weapon, the arming sword is given relatively little mention in the aristocratic sword treatises of the day, with the I.33 Arming Sword and Buckler[2] discipline as a rare exception to this. Other than that, it was generally used with techniques not dissimilar to that of the longsword[3], but with the difference of a buckler in the left hand, and as expected, a few differing maneuvers as well that incorporated the buckler into the art.


  1. Medieval Warfare, Page 3
  2. Royal Armouries Manuscript I.33
  3. Fighting Arts of the Renaissance ~ Bologna: City of Swordsmen