How Much Do You Know About Swords?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Have you perfected the art of the blade?

Did you know that swords are some of the oldest and most widely used weapons in the history of mankind? These bladed weapons have been used in warfare, duels and even sometimes for hunting! Swords historically evolved from daggers and knives in the early Bronze Age, when metalworking allowed for the creation of longer blades that would not bend or break easily. Swords have been used from all corners of the world; from Europe and Africa to Asia and North America. This quiz will not only test your general knowledge about swords, but also your knowledge of a wide range of fictional swords as well!

Swords come in all shapes and sizes. Some feature straight and thin blades; like the longsword or the claymore. While others feature curved blades; like the katana and the scimitar. There are even some, like the whip-like urumi, that stretch the boundaries of what can even be classified as a sword! The iconic nature of swords throughout history has led to them being featured in works of fiction; from books and plays to video games and movies. So sharpen your blades and your mind and get ready to test your sword arm against this quiz!

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The fuller is the name that is given to a part of a sword. The fuller is a groove on the flat side of the blade that is used to make the sword lighter.

Ice is the name of a sword that is featured in Game of Thrones. Ice was a Valyrian steel greatsword that was wielded by Eddard Stark, but it has since then been melted down and reforged into two other swords.

The katana is the name given to a type of sword. The katana is by far one of the most iconic Japanese swords, and they were primarily used by samurai in feudal Japan.

The Blades of Chaos are swords that are featured in the God of War series. The Blades of Chaos were created by Ares, the God of War and they were wielded by the protagonist Kratos.

The claymore is the name given to a type of sword. The claymore is a Scottish two-handed sword that was used in the late Medieval and early modern periods.

The Buster Sword is the name of a sword that is featured in the Final Fantasy series. The Buster Sword was first featured in Final Fantasy VII as the massive iconic sword of Cloud Strife.

The cutlass is the name given to a type of sword. The cutlass is a short sword that was often associated with sailors, pirates and naval officers.

The blade is the name that is given to a part of a sword. The blade is the section of the sword that is designed for cutting, slicing or piercing.

Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is a sword that is featured in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. This lightsaber is distinguished by its cross guard design that has two deadly raw power vents on each side.

Longclaw is the name of a sword that is featured in Game of Thrones. Longclaw is a Valyrian steel sword that is wielded by Jon Snow. It was a gift from Jeor Mormont as a reward for saving his life from a wight.

The Gunblade is the name of a sword that is featured in The Final Fantasy series. The Gunblade first appeared in Final Fantasy VIII as the main weapon used by Squall Leonhart.

The ninjato is the name given to a type of sword. The ninjato is referenced today as the primary weapon that was used by the ninja (shinobi) of feudal Japan.

Green Destiny is the name of a sword that is featured in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Green Destiny is a Jian; a Chinese double-edged straight sword.

The grip is the name that is given to a part of a sword. The grip is the handle of the sword, usually made of wood or metal and covered with untanned tough leather or rubber.

The Sword of the Daywalker is the name of a sword that is featured in the Blade series. The Sword of the Daywalker is a tempered titanium blade that is acid etched and features a soft steel core.

Oathkeeper is the name of a sword that is featured in Game of Thrones. Oathkeeper is the Valyrian steel sister sword of Widow's Wail; both swords were forged from the melted steel of Eddard Stark’s sword, Ice.

The Hattori Hanzo katana is the name of a sword that is featured in Kill Bill. The Hattori Hanzo katana is a special katana sword that is crafted by Hattori Hanzō for the Bride.

The gladius is the name given to a type of sword. The gladius is notable for being referenced as the primary sword of Ancient Roman foot soldiers.

The Master Sword is the name of a sword that is featured in The Legend of Zelda series. The Master Sword is also known as “The Blade of Evil's Bane" or the "Sword of Resurrection".

The wakizashi is the name given to a type of sword. The wakizashi is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by samurai in feudal Japan.

The urumi is the name given to an Indian sword with a flexible whip-like blade. Due to the high risk of injuring the user, the urumi is considered to be one of the most difficult weapons to master.

The pommel is the name that is given to a part of a sword. The pommel is a fitting at the top of the handle that is used as a counterweight, for decorative purposes, of to prevent the hand from slipping.

The saber is the name given to a type of sword. The saber is a backsword that has a curved blade and was usually issued to light cavalry during the Napoleonic and early modern periods.

The longsword is the name given to a type of sword. The longsword is a European sword that features a straight doubled-edged blade and a cruciform hilt with a grip that could be used with two hands.

Mace Windu’s Lightsaber is a sword that is featured in Star Wars prequel films. This lightsaber is unique due to the fact that it featured an amethyst plasma blade.

The Keyblade is the name of a sword that is featured in the Kingdom Hearts series. The Keyblade is a sword in the shape of an oversized key that is wielded primarily by Sora, the main character of the series.

Orcrist is the name of a sword that is featured in The Hobbit. Orcrist is an elven sword that was wielded by the dwarf, Thorin II Oakenshield, and it was feared and called Biter by the goblins.

Anduril is the name of a sword that is featured in The Lord of the Rings series. Anduril is the sword of Aragorn and it was actually reforged from the shards of Narsil; the sword that was used to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand.

The Energy Sword is the name of a sword that is featured in the Halo franchise. Also known as the Type-1 Energy Weapon or the Plasma Sword, the Energy Sword features a blade of deadly superheated plasma.

The scimitar is the name given to a type of sword. The scimitar is a backsword featuring a curved blade, that first originated in the Middle East.

Darth Maul’s Lightsaber is the name of a sword that is featured in the Star Wars franchise. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber is notable due to the fact that is a red double-bladed lightsaber.

Excalibur is a legendary sword that was said to be wielded by the legendary British leader, King Arthur. Excalibur and the numerous myths surrounding it, have been featured in numerous plays, movies, and books.

The Atlantean Sword is the name of a sword that is featured in Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. The Atlantean Sword is a bastard sword that is wielded by Conan throughout his exploits.

The Z-Saber is the name of a sword that is featured in the Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero series. The Z-Saber is a powerful energy sword that usually features a green or blue energy blade.

The Mameluke sword is the name given to a type of sword. The Mameluke sword is a cross-hilted, curved, scimitar-like sword historically derived from sabers used by Mamluk warriors of Egypt.

The Masamune is the name of a sword that is featured in Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. The Masamune’s name is a reference to Japan's greatest swordsmith.

Soul Edge is the name of a sword that is featured in the Soul series of games. Soul Edge actually is the antagonist of the series, after it became evil by being bathed in blood and hatred countless times.

The dao is the name given to a type of sword. The dao is a traditional single-edged Chinese sword that is sometimes referred to as a Chinese saber or a Chines broadsword, depending on the width of the blade.

The guard is the name that is given to a part of a sword. The guard is simply a bar of metal that is fixed at a right angle to the blade and the hilt. Guards were used to counter enemy attacks and also to better grip the sword.

Glamdring is the name of a sword that is featured in The Lord of the Rings. Glamdring, also called the Foe-Hammer, was primarily seen throughout the story as the weapon that was wielded by the wizard Gandalf.

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