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A well aimed lunge and thrust could end a fight in seconds with just the sword's point, leading to the development of a fighting style which closely resembles modern fencing.



Many swords are designed for both thrusting and slashing.The thrusting swords such as the rapier and eventually the smallsword were designed to impale their targets quickly and inflict deep stab wounds.Their long and straight yet light and well balanced design made them highly maneuverable and deadly in a duel but fairly ineffective when used in a slashing or chopping motion.Although iron swords were made alongside bronze, it was not until the early Han period that iron completely replaced bronze. The iron was not quench-hardened although often containing sufficient carbon, but work-hardened like bronze by hammering.