This book traces the development of cutting, thrusting and slashing weapons in all their forms - sword, knife, dagger, arrow, spear, axe, halberd, pike, etc. - from the primitive flints of the Stone Age, through the ancient and medieval periods, to the ornate duelling weapons of the eighteenth century and the elaborate presentation swords of the twentieth century. Also included are sections on the weapons of Japan and of countries where edged weapons have only more recently given way to the gun. Prominence is given to those weapons that are most likely to be encountered in antique shops or even in the attic, and each section is packed with line illustrations and photographs.
About the Author
John Wilkinson-Latham was a Director in charge of swords of Wilkinson Sword Ltd., and is the fourth generation of his family to join this famous firm. His long association with sword making and his extensive experience as a collector made him one of the world's leading experts in his field. He has published one book for Osprey Publishing, and his sons Robert and Christopher have also written for Osprey on a variety of military history subjects.