What’s even more astonishing about our Top 10 Most Terrifying Swords In History list is the fact that today’s best blacksmiths have a hard time reproducing them.
Before gun powder brought us the invention of modern weapons, people were busy inventing new ways to slice, dice, hack, and stab their enemies.
Here are the top 10 swords that you definitely didn’t want to be on the wrong end of … Especially the last one.
Top 10 Most Terrifying Swords In History
#10 The Egyptian Khopesh
Believed to have evolved from either battle axes or farm implements, this intimidating weapon was used in ancient Egypt. Only the outer edge of the curved blade was sharp.
The weapon was a symbol of authority, and several Pharaohs owned Khopeshes—including Ramses II and Tutankhamun, who was entombed with his.
#9 The Ulfbehrt Sword
Strong, lightweight, and flexible, Viking Ulfberht blades were forged with an astonishingly pure metal called Crucible Steel.
Even today’s best blacksmiths have had a hard time reproducing this material, which is much better than what’s found in average medieval swords.
How did Viking warriors develop such an advanced sword?
The jury’s still out—though Middle Eastern trade might have helped them pick up a few technical pointers.
#8 The Khanda
This weapon’s tip was blunt, so skewering your enemies wouldn’t be a great strategy.
The Khanda is a straight-bladed sword unique to India and a traditional Sikh and Rajput warrior.
Introduced somewhere between 300 and 600 CE. The Khanda was the Close-Range weapon and its heavy construction made it a perfect chopping device.
If that wasn’t enough some swordsmen made it even more lethal by giving the weapon a serrated edge.
#7 The Ngombe Executioner’s Sword
Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, European explorers made numerous sketches of tribal Congo residents decapitating prisoners with this ferocious-looking weapon.
#6 The Flammard
Wavy-bladed rapiers were a Renaissance staple.
Flammard fanciers mistakenly believed that this undulating design could inflict deadlier wounds.
The shape did provide one genuine dueling advantage, though: When an opponent’s sword ran across one, those curves would slow it down.
#5 The Chinese Hook Sword
These weapons not only feature curved tips but sharp, hand-protecting guards as well.
The weapons were commonly handled in pairs, and, according to a 1985 issue of Black Belt magazine, “When put together, two hook swords could easily tear apart an opponent.”
#4 The Kilij
The first Kilij appeared in Turkey around 400 CE.
A perfect choice for horsemen, this style of saber went through several variations over the next 1400 years.
In a skilled rider’s hands, this sword could mutilate those with their feet on the ground with devastating efficiency.
#3 The Estoc
Armor doesn’t always guarantee safety.
Renaissance swordsmen could split through the links with the estoc, a dull-edged thrusting sword designed specifically for this purpose.
#2 The Zweihander
Zweihander means “two-hand,” and these weapons were so large that swordsmen did indeed need two hands to wield them.
According to one tale, the swords were so powerful that they could behead up to seven victims with a single stroke.
Urumi is a sword with a flexible, whip-like blade, originating in modern-day Kerala in the Indian subcontinent.
It is thought to have existed from as early as the Sangam period.
It is treated as a steel whip and therefore requires prior knowledge of that weapon as well as the sword.
A metal whip with two sharp edges.
If that description doesn’t scare you, this demo reel should do the trick: