-- Schiavona
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Time Period: 16th-17th century
Location: Italy
Common Construction: Steel

The Schiavona is an Italian broadsword used by cavalry in the late 16th and 17th centuries. The term "broadsword" denotes only that it was wider than a rapier, not that the blade was particularly wide compared to other swords.

The schiavona has a double edged blade and a basket hilt, and unlike the rapier was used in war. Although only manufactured in Italy, the blade was traded to the armies of many other nations.

CE 16th Century, CE 17th Century, History, Italy, Sword, Weapon

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