I KNEW it.
Okay, first off, I should probably give the back story for this. Basically my family has been divided on the subject of swords for a while. You know, the eternal debate: “Which is better, Japanese katana or European broadsword?” My dad and older sis have always been cheering for the katana, while my younger brother and I have always been firm advocates of the broadsword. I mean, come on, the broadsword was so much more versatile than the katana! Granted of course, not all broadswords back then were of the best quality, as opposed to the katana in Japan, where swordmaking was considered an art. Katana also had the advantage in their incredible speed and slashing techniques. So each sword type had their own advantages and disadvantages and each of them were developed specifically for the warfare strategies of each culture. (Granted, when a knight had a shield as well, he opened up whole new dynamics in the fight.) In conclusion, I’d have to say that both swords fit different situations better, and thus “which sword is better?” is up to personal preference.
Well anyways, I just realized if one is looking to be ‘Biblically correct’ BROADSWORDS ARE BETTER. Why? Because the Bible (Catholic NAB) is always talking about two-edged swords, for example:
“. . . A sharp two-edged sword. . .” – Revelation 1: 16
“With the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands.” – Psalms 149:6
“Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. . .” – Hebrews 4:12
And as everyone should know, katana are not two-edged. Katana are SINGLE-edged. Which means that BROADSWORDS are the Biblically correct swords. Of course, the Bible writers were probably talking about Roman Gladii, but still.
So, I WIN.