first_imgListen, we’re going to be completely honest with you: Here at, swords are probably our third favorite medieval weapon grouping (after axes and hammers, naturally), due largely to their ubiquity. Whether you’re talking high fantasy, sword & sorcery, historical epics, or even some science fiction… swords are absolutely everywhere. And the reason behind that is something that even us sword-scoffers have to admit. Swords are versatile, practical, and look reliably awesome.Collected here are the absolute raddest examples. Did we include your favorite sword in the list? If not, tell us down in the comments below. But don’t come at us with any of that Lord of the Rings stuff: Sting is practically a dagger and Glamdring & Anduril are just regular blades with fancy names.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. There are definitely swords in it, but more importantly, there’s also a big, scorched chunk of the World Tree that a barbarian uses as a cudgel. For more information, follow Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information. Cloud’s Buster Sword1/11One of the most instantly recognizable entries on this list, Cloud’s Buster Sword (as originally seen in Final Fantasy VII) looks less like a weapon and more like a giant butter knife. But despite its wildly unrealistic proportions, the Buster Sword has become an icon, and perhaps the purest expression of the “anime dude with a giant weapon” archetype.<><>last_img

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