A falchion ([fɔːlʃən], from Old French fauchon, ultimately from Latin falx "sickle") is a one-handed, single-edged sword of European origin, whose design is reminiscent of the Persian scimitar and the Chinese dao. The Battle of the Golden Spurs (Dutch nl Guldensporenslag, French fr Bataille des éperons d'or, or Battle of Courtrai) was fought on July 11 Old French was the Romance Dialect continuum spoken in territories which span roughly the northern half of modern France and parts of modern Belgium A backsword is a Sword having a Blade with only one edge The back of the sword is often the thickest part of the blade and acts to support and strengthen it The Persian Empire was a series of Iranian empires that ruled over the Iranian plateau, the original Persian homeland and beyond in Western Asia A scimitar (ˈsɪmɪtə is a Sword with a curved blade design finding its origins in Southwest Asia The recorded military history of China extends from about 1500 BC to the present day Dao ( "knife"is a category of single-edge Chinese Swords primarily used for slashing and chopping ( Sabres, often called a broadsword The weapon combined the weight and power of an axe with the versatility of a sword. The axe, or ax, is an implement that has been used for millennia to shape split and cut Wood, Harvest timber, as a Weapon Falchions are found in different forms from around the 11th century up to and including the sixteenth century. In some versions the falchion looks rather like the scramasax and later the sabre, and in some versions the form is irregular or (as is the case in the picture to the right) like a machete with a crossguard. Seax (also Hadseax, Sax, Seaxe, Scramaseax and Scramsax) in The sabre or saber (see spelling differences) is a kind of Sword that usually but not always has The machete (məˈʃɛti is a large cleaver -like cutting tool While some propose that encounters with the Islamic shamshir inspired its creation, these "scimitars" of Persia were not developed until long after the falchion. for other uses see Shamshir (disambiguation A Shamshir is a type of Sabre with a curve that is considered radical for A scimitar (ˈsɪmɪtə is a Sword with a curved blade design finding its origins in Southwest Asia For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. More likely, it was developed from farmer's and butcher's knives or in the manner of the larger Messer. A großes Messer (meaning "great knife" also called Hiebmesser) was a type of German single-edged Sword, similar to a Falchion, The shape concentrates more weight near the end, thus making it more effective for chopping strikes like an axe or cleaver. A cleaver is a large Knife that varies in its shape but usually resembles a square-bladed Hatchet.
The blade designs of falchions varied wildly across the continent and through the ages. They almost always included a single edge with a slight curve on the blade towards the point on the end; they also were affixed with a quilloned crossguard for the hilt in the manner of the contemporary long-swords. On a Sword or some knives, the crossguard (or cross-guard) is a bar of metal at right angles to the blade placed between the blade and the Hilt On a Sword or some knives, the crossguard (or cross-guard) is a bar of metal at right angles to the blade placed between the blade and the Hilt The hilt (sometimes called the haft) of a Sword is its handle consisting of a guard, grip and pommel. While one of the few surviving falchions is shaped very much like a large meat cleaver, or large bladed machete (the Conyers falchion), the majority of the depictions in art reflect a design similar to that of the großes Messer. The machete (məˈʃɛti is a large cleaver -like cutting tool A großes Messer (meaning "great knife" also called Hiebmesser) was a type of German single-edged Sword, similar to a Falchion, A surviving example from England's thirteenth century was just under two pounds in weight. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass Of its 37. 5 inches (95. Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 25 cm) in length, 31. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International 5 inches (80cm) are the straight blade which bears a flare-clipped tip similar to the much later kilij of Turkey. The kilij (from Turkish kılıç, literally "a sword") is a Sword used by the Ottoman Empire and Turks. Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches This blade style may have been influenced by the Turko-Mongol sabres that had reached the borders of Europe by the thirteenth century. Dao ( "knife"is a category of single-edge Chinese Swords primarily used for slashing and chopping ( Sabres, often called a broadsword
Unlike the double-edged swords of Europe, few actual swords of this type have survived to the present day; fewer than a dozen specimens are currently known.  It is presumed that these swords had a lower average quality and status than the longer, more expensive swords. It is also possible that falchions were used as tools when they were not pressed into service as weapons. Although it is commonly thought that falchions were primarily a peasant's weapon, some were very ornate and used by nobility. In particular, there is a very elaborately engraved and gold plated falchion from the 1560s. This weapon is engraved with the personal coat of arms of Cosimo de' Medici, Duke of Florence. A coat of arms or armorial bearings (often just arms for short in European tradition is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici (September 27 1389 &ndash August 1 1464 was the first of the Medici political dynasty de facto rulers of In Act V Scene III of William Shakespeare's "King Lear", the mad king alludes to his falchion. King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606 and is considered one of his greatest works
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