TooMuchBaijiu wrote:Remember, two-sides swords tend to be heavier. Heavy=slow. Slow=bad. The exception to this rule is when you're dealing with armored soldiers, in which case you need a weapon with penetrative power.
I believe a blunt edge would be heavier than a finely sharpened edge simply due to mass.
Striga wrote:Two sided is generally used by armoured infantry, and one sided by lightly armoured or un-armoured. However, I would think it should be the other way around, as with two sided, you could swing it back and forth and do damage with either side. One sided however, if you're going to overpower someone, you could place your other hand on the back of it to strengthen your hold. This doesn't make much sense.
If you are swinging a sword, I'm fairly sure you don't actually swing it back and forth. If it's blocked, you pull the sword back. If you strike home, you pull the sword back. If you miss, you reverse the grip and perhaps swing again. The idea is that lightly armored troops will fall with one quick easy slash, but slashing is useless against armored troops whereas stabbing to find armor chinks is highly effective.
It's more about stabbing vs. slashing than weight. It was only the Medieval times where they used Claymores and whatnot to tear off plates.