Encyclopedia of historical weapons - Steel

An alloy of wrought iron and carbon, capable of being hardened by heating and then quenching (rapid cooling) in water. This hardening process could cause embrittlement; gentle reheating (tempering) increased the metal's resilience. These pro­cesses were well known in the Middle Ages. See wrought iron.

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Gardebras
Armor for the whole arm. Consists of the couter, vambrace and rerebrace.
Longsword
Hand-and-a-half long, straight, double-edged sword with a cruciform hilt. Usually 4-4.5 ft long with a weight of 3-4 lbs. The most…
Xiphos
Bronze sword with a tanged metal blade fitted into a plain wooden hilt.
Yatagan
A long knife or short saber that lacks a guard for the hand at the juncture of blade and hilt; usually has a double curve to the edge and a nearly…
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