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Zhenyu Li





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PostPosted: Fri 01 Apr, 2016 10:53 pm    Post subject: What sword was carried by Portuguese soldier during 16th         Reply with quote

Would they carry very narrow rapier in battlefield or hand to hand combat in ship?And what sword would their Navy soldier use?
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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Fri 01 Apr, 2016 11:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One distinctly Portuguese form of hilt seems to be the "crab" or "testicles" style.




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Pedro Paulo Gaião




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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr, 2016 3:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Since 1400 they had a slightly modified iberian sword called "Colhona", or "Crab Sword" of "Black Carracks Sword", known for being as much as a cut-and-thrust sword with protective rings and a blackened blade (intended for use in salted water). But I think these fell out of favor at later decades stages of 16th century. Otherwise all other swords, specially knights and fidalgos' swords, would be similar to what the spaniards or the english had at that time.

By the way, do you have Osprey's "The Portuguese in the Age of Discovery"? It's the best guide I have ever find about portuguese military so far. I have the ebook and I can send you by email


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