This encyclopedia traces the fascinating history of knives, daggers, bayonets, swords, sabres and lances, from their Palaeolithic origins through to the 21st century. Weapons from around the world are examined, such as the decorated daggers of Persia and the exquisite knives of Japan. A superb directory features 750 examples of sharp-edged weapons, describing the origins, capabilities and specifications of each one. With 1500 photographs and illustrations, and written by leading experts in the field, this beautiful guide is an indispensable resource for the serious collector and amateur enthusiast alike, and will fascinate anyone with an interest in historical weapons.
Harvey J. S. Withers has been a successful dealer in antique military swords for many years, and is the author of several books about swords. Dr Tobias Capwell has a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Leeds, and is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, England.
Harvey J. S. Withers, Tobias Capwell
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