Cutting weapon

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A cut weapon is a blade weapon that is mainly designed to use the power of the blow with a cutting edge. The effect of the blade through the cut is splitting, so that we are talking about penetration . Cutting weapons are classed as edged weapons , as they are wielded with the muscle power of the owner.

It does not work by piercing with the point, but by the sharpness of the blade . The transitions between the cutting and stabbing weapons as well as the striking weapons are often fluid, since for example a rapier , a saber or a sword can be used for both cutting and stabbing. A halberd and many other weapons even combine the various functions in that they are composed of several blades with different effects. Even a typical striking weapon like the mace can be provided with blades and thus used as a cutting weapon.

Examples of cutting weapons are:

The use of cutting weapons often goes hand in hand with a corresponding fencing technique , bat fencing .

See also

Portal: Weapons / cutting and stabbing weapons  - Overview of Wikipedia content on the topic of weapons / cutting and stabbing weapons


  • Jan Sach: Illustrated lexicon of cutting and stabbing weapons. Nebel Verlag, Erlangen 2001, ISBN 3-89555-792-7 .
  • Gerhard Seifert: Technical dictionary of edged weapons. Self-published, Haiger 1981 (also as a series in the Deutsches Waffen-Journal (DWJ) from November 1978 to October 1980)

Web links

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