As is my policy, I do not reprint the entire list of a listicle share, but I liked almost all of this one from History. It encompasses many times and regions, and a wide variety of blade styles. In a sense, the piece is a bit of a commercial for Forged in Fire, but what the heck. The list is largely sound.
From History.com: (read this in Wil Willis’s voice)
For millennia, edged weapons such as swords, knives and daggers were the arms of choice for warriors around the globe. These razor-sharp blades inspired fear and fascination and helped change the course of military campaigns. In some cases, individual weapons were even given names and became just as legendary as the people who wielded them.
I strongly object to the “Sword of Mars”. It sticks out like a fart in church. It is a particular sword, not a style, and therefore I would say it does not fit in this list. I would leave it off in favor of either an English Longsword, or the much less glamorous French and English trade-knives, which were the mainstay of both trade and use for several hundred years worth of North American colonization.
What would you add to the list? Since they only did 9, you can add 2 if you wish.