SHORT SWORDS- the short sword is the first type of sword to come into
existence.  In the simplest of terms, a short sword can be considered a
dagger with a blade so long that it can no longer be called a dagger. The
term short sword does not exist in sword classifications. However, it has
come to be used to describe a double-edged blade about two feet in length.
The sword tip is usually pointed, ideal for thrusting
LONG SWORDS- these swords are usually referred to as doubled-edged swords,
war swords, or military swords.  In many cases, the long sword has a
single-edged blade. There is no single version of the long sword; the design
and length vary from culture to culture, and may vary within the same culture
depending on the era. Among the most common characteristics of all long
swords is their length, which ranges from 35 inches to 47 inches. In the
latter case, the blade is known to take up 40 inches of the total length.
Most long swords have a double-edged blade and a sharp point at the tip.
Despite the tip, the long sword is designed for slashing, not thrusting. 
BASTARD SWORDS- also known as the hand-and-a-half sword, the bastard sword
derives its name from the fact that it is halfway between the two-handed
sword and the long sword. The bastard sword has a double-edged blade and a
long grip, which can accommodate both hands if preferred. The overall length
of the bastard sword ranges between four feet and four feet ten inches.   
SCIMITARS- are closely related to the sabre, a single edged curved sword with
protective hilt. The blade has a greater curve to it and is tapered to an
elongated, sharp point.

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