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:
- Certain forms of the sword (" Haudegen "), sabers , swords , basket beater , bell beater , sax , battle ax , katzbalger
- Halberd (also Helmbarte ), glaive
- 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)
- Technical terms of edged weapons from Gerhard Seifert (PDF, 2 MiB)