A side-sword is a type
of war sword used by infantry. This sword was a direct descendant of the arming
sword. Quite popular, they are ideal for handling the mix of armored and unarmored
opponents. Early versions look very much like an arming sword with an ornate
hilt and ricasso. A new technique of placing ones finger on the ricasso to improve
the grip (a practice that would continue in the rapier)
led to the production of hilts with a guard for the finger.
This sword design eventually
led to the development of the civilian rapier, but it was not replaced by it,
and the Side-sword continued to be used during the rapier‘s lifetime. As it
could be used for both cutting and thrusting, the term cut and thrust sword
is sometimes used interchangeably with side-sword. Also of note is that as rapiers
became more popular, attempts were made to hybridize the blade, sacrificing
the effectiveness found in each unique weapon design.
Also of note, side-swords
used in conjunction with bucklers became so popular that it caused the term
swashbuckler to be coined. This word stems from the new fighting style of the
side-sword and buckler which was filled with much “swashing and making
a noise on the buckler“.
Melee Weapons (Martial)
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Larger than a short
sword, but smaller than a longsword, the
side-sword is a popular weapon amongst those who favor speed & finesse over
mere brute force. The side-sword consists of a straight, lightweight blade in
between 1 & 2 1/2 feet, useful for both cutting & thrusting. This weapon
is often used in conjunction with the dagger. You can apply the Weapon
Finesse feat to the side-sword even though it is not a light weapon. This
weapon is added to the list of bard, drow & rogue weapon proficiencies.
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