I have to say, this thread is fascinating I probably should be working right now, but can't pull myself away.
I'm not sure if this is the appropriate thread as most comments so far relate to real-world examples and materials, but I was wondering how difficult it would be to create believable weapons out of alternative materials... Such as ice (hardened ice that never melts), fictional variations of volcanic glass, special hardwoods etc. Has anyone tried this in their own world building? Can I pretty much apply real-world principles with a bit of a twist?
I've got some: Exactly how well do copper and bronze swords and armor hold up when pitted against steel? What differences should a copper or bronze sword have from a steel sword to maximize its potential? In general, how would one go about using a copper or bronze sword differently from a steel sword? What about copper and bronze used in other weapons? Would bronze or copper be better used in some other kind of weapon?
I used this in my worldbuilding talk last night and it got a great response.
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When you toss in the likenesses between Judo and the throws taught to armored knights, it gets a little spooky.
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We talked Abrazare and armored wrestling in another thread, and we've touched a few times on applications of Judo and basic wrestling in swordplay, but I'm adding these here to put it in context.
I so however have my doubts about Van Tag and Poste di Falcone as being effective or not.