Underappreciated Historical Weapons: The SWORDBREAKER (the European and Chinese)


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  • politianos politis
    politianos politis Месяц назад +734

    Actually you wouldn't have to "grind away" you just hot cut the teeth with a chisel and it's not so difficult.

    • Greg Fox
      Greg Fox 22 часа назад

      +Elisa Green That is an excellent notion, anybody who would have thought of that absolutely would have done so.

    • Elisa Green
      Elisa Green 6 дней назад

      +Shadiversity There's also the possibility they used a block that has the shape carved in it, and after hot cutting the rough shape of the prongs, they place the hot metal on the block and hammer it down, giving it the shape. Sort of like the modern equivalent of press shaping. After that all that's needed is a little bit of filing to pretty it up.

    • ten giau
      ten giau 6 дней назад

      Excuse my idea if improper, how about making those little sword catching pikes into some sort of gauntlet? actual ninja's climbing claws were also used to trap swords in the past

    • Sean Ekstrom
      Sean Ekstrom 11 дней назад

      +FastJohn443 & Friends probably because the first one that we know of was dated to the 1600's. Around the time swords began to lose favor and guns became the most prominent way to fight wars. Pretty sure a swordbreaker wouldn't work that well against a ball of lead.

    • Reuf Siminicc
      Reuf Siminicc 23 дня назад

      +Ajmes i meant to say like Rapiars Swords since they both are thick and light weight u can carry 2 rapiers its good vs sword+shield u can't attack with shield technical yes but not a lot with 2 swords u can block one and attack other or attack with 2 spots upper arm or chest

  • vertex546
    vertex546 13 часов назад

    The Main Gauche swordbreaker fell out of style because the blade itself was much weaker. Opponents with a long sword easily broke through the daggers.

  • Alex Ruas
    Alex Ruas 22 часа назад

    I bet it was meant to actually break swords, and they just went like ewwwh at least It catches swords, but lets keep the name...

  • Deranathon Arkantos671
    Deranathon Arkantos671 День назад

    I imagine it might be considered underhanded, not a gentlemanly weapon, only something a cad would use.

  • HPD1171
    HPD1171 День назад

    why do they not call trebuchets MACHICULATION breakers. that is a much cooler name

  • Nathanaël Benamou
    Nathanaël Benamou День назад


  • SATA V
    SATA V 2 дня назад

    I have heard the sword-breaker called a guard-breaker which seems more accurate.

  • Dirty Pleasure
    Dirty Pleasure 3 дня назад


  • Benjamin Solomon
    Benjamin Solomon 4 дня назад

    Let’s agree on Sword-Braker and Breaker-Sword...?

  • cam cottrell
    cam cottrell 4 дня назад

    Something that game breaking, yeah naw

  • The Batman
    The Batman 4 дня назад

    Perhaps they weren't so common because they were seen as unethical, ungentlemanly? What I'm trying to say is maybe they were going against the morals of the period.

  • Ryan Mcewen
    Ryan Mcewen 5 дней назад

    Wheel of time was a horrible series. Couldn't make it past book 2.
    It was slow paced. Redundant. The author took too long to get to any kind of a point.
    Two thumbs down!

  • Zuckerdrone
    Zuckerdrone 5 дней назад

    Schwartz breaker. Heheheh. Schwartz.

  • Esco Pablobar
    Esco Pablobar 5 дней назад

    stupid american

  • kungfuskull
    kungfuskull 5 дней назад

    So this is only coming from anecdotal evidence (my 25yrs doing various styles of kung fu, and reading a lot of chinese ancient texts etc; it seems to be the sword breakers and their cousins the ‘bian’ were essentially police or even sort of what we’d call SWAT weapons. They were meant to subdue, stop, and incapacitate convicts, fugitives, etc, rather than outright kill them. If I smash your wonderful but kinda delican jian with a giant metal club (bian) you get a bent useless sword. There are reports of it also being used kinda like a police baton: big bruises, maybe some cracked bones like arms/fingers; the point was to just STOP the enemy’s fighting ability, but without killing them.
    ...a weird sort of analogue might be something like a taser. It is not meant to be lethal, it is meant to make you stop escaping.
    Food for thought, again just based off stories handed down and some historical manuscripts I’ve read over the years.

  • RedstoneGate
    RedstoneGate 5 дней назад

    Well the direct translation for that is stick :P
    Swordbreaker is so much cooler

  • Muhdin khan
    Muhdin khan 5 дней назад

    can the sword breaker break the Chinese "gun"

  • ipkandskill
    ipkandskill 5 дней назад

    It would add a bit of cost to make it but I think mainly it was more about honor. Yes you could win easier but then everyone would look down on you I'd imagine.

  • Trevor Fike
    Trevor Fike 5 дней назад

    The “Wheel of Time” books are great.

  • Olhor Rocannon
    Olhor Rocannon 5 дней назад


  • body no
    body no 6 дней назад

    The Chinese swordbreaker ("锏" in Chinese, I think it is more likely to be pronunced as "jan" ) is actually a madafaking sword-shaped club……more a "armour breaker" than "swordbreaker".
    And due to their weight and lack of cutting edges, someone using a Chinese swordbreaker would be considered a strong, highly-skilled warrior but have a mercy heart in deep.
    (I can't see anything mercy in this wacky-smashy thing, really.)

  • Asia Ant
    Asia Ant 6 дней назад

    The chinese sword breaker is called gan:how to read it -gaaaaaan

  • Christopher Rudy
    Christopher Rudy 6 дней назад

    If you are still taking suggestions on other cool weapons, some time ago, I heard about a weapon called the Urumi. It is from India, and it is a sort of... whip sword... it basically is sharpened ribbons of metal as the blade of the weapon. It is a pretty darn interesting weapon, though I don't know a whole lot about it.

  • Johannes Lehmann
    Johannes Lehmann 7 дней назад

    Hardend steel can break. Literally. A good known example for this ist a later Tradition to break a officers blade when he was degraded by punishment. The european swordbreaker looks like a lang working time for the smith and it is almost wothless blocking a spear.

  • Olaf Bellefroid
    Olaf Bellefroid 7 дней назад

    Oh, I'm in the white part of youtube again

  • deamongimli
    deamongimli 7 дней назад

    Hurrin also uses a sword-breaker in wheel of time (he's the sheinaran sniffer)

  • Randy Slobojan
    Randy Slobojan 7 дней назад

    Hey Shad, can you please do a video on flails? They've always been a personal favorite weapon of mine but there is very little historical usage supported by the internet. Which is strange considering the rather simple design. It seems like a knight slaying weapon for a truely skilled armsmen

  • brianthao102
    brianthao102 7 дней назад

    I died when the dude said the name of the chinese sword breaker.

  • Jacob Staten
    Jacob Staten 8 дней назад

    I imagine they weren't more common because it was probably a pain to make back then. Now you could just cut one out on a laser.
    The Chinese version looks like a mace with a point on the end.

  • Franco Buzzetti
    Franco Buzzetti 8 дней назад

    pay to win bullshit imo

  • John Patriot eagle freedom boner
    John Patriot eagle freedom boner 9 дней назад

    Still bringing a knife to a fireball fight.

  • FAB Group LLC
    FAB Group LLC 9 дней назад

    Seems good as a "surprise" weapon. Issue is that once you catch your opponents blade, you also can not use the dagger as a weapon. Your opponent has a reach advantage but you would have a speed advantage with the available dagger... unless it's single sword to sword dagger, then game over. I think a skilled opponent could use their weapon being captured as a possible way to control and unbalance the others footwork.

  • Beacon of Wierd
    Beacon of Wierd 10 дней назад

    Isn't there a structural problem with the sword breakers? From a structural standpoint those sharp angles designed to catch the sword also seem like a perfect place for the blade of the sword breaker to snap. I'd imagine if someone swung a full sized two handed sword and you tried to parry it with a sword breaker it might actually break the sword breaker? :P Someone should test this :) Or do a fem simulation of it :p

  • Ace Hunter Blake
    Ace Hunter Blake 10 дней назад

    2:08 I found the hidden Mickey!

  • Alden Rogers
    Alden Rogers 10 дней назад

    Why not get current sword fighting enthusiasts to work with and test an actual sword breaker and test it out? Are you afraid of getting actual information?

  • Megan Tron
    Megan Tron 10 дней назад

    Hell yeah! I clicked on this vid specifically because of Wheel of Time! You've earned yourself a like.

  • Tunakann
    Tunakann 10 дней назад

    Parrying daggers are so cool ♡

  • Yera
    Yera 10 дней назад

    "probably didnt even wacht black panther"
    i love you

  • Hank J. Wimbleton
    Hank J. Wimbleton 11 дней назад

    "but then you have the added advantage that its also a weapon!" So's a buckler, when you smash someone's head in with the edge

  • Lucky7
    Lucky7 11 дней назад

    So this is what inspired the superior edge in fire emblem awakening

  • forkliftwizard
    forkliftwizard 11 дней назад

    I prefer the cruciform cross section of the Chinese, but it doesn't have the trapping ability, I'd like to see a hybrid between the two...

  • Sam Holden
    Sam Holden 11 дней назад

    I thought that the sword breakers had the breakers on back of the blade not in the actual blade?

  • el o96orah
    el o96orah 12 дней назад

    The military knife has something similar in it's side is it for the same purpose?

  • Eli Marburger
    Eli Marburger 12 дней назад

    Add ridges to the edge of a shield to catch a sword

  • Emyt Murray
    Emyt Murray 13 дней назад

    You should make a video on the weirdest Indian swords in history like the cobra blade.

  • Cody Sykes
    Cody Sykes 13 дней назад

    2:34 Bless you, sir!

  • Lankey Bastard
    Lankey Bastard 14 дней назад

    Are we supposed to take this seriously? Tone it down man, you're not at the pride parade.

  • Benedict Dela Cruz
    Benedict Dela Cruz 15 дней назад

    I think this people knows how hard to break a sword & is merely an assumption.

  • Captain Deadpool
    Captain Deadpool 15 дней назад +3

    Attach a bunch of these to a shield , then you are unstoppable

  • Vlnxd Roa
    Vlnxd Roa 16 дней назад

    Chinese Sword Breaker is probably mistranslation. It pronounces exactly the same as Sword (Jian)

    Sword = 剑 Pronounce as Jian
    Sword-Breaker = 锏 also pronounce as Jian

    The name of the Chinese Swordbreaker oddly enough has nothing to do with "sword breaking" it is just a heavy weapon that emphasize on stabbing and beating.

  • Rawov Un Lupin
    Rawov Un Lupin 16 дней назад

    Seems more over appreciated to me.

  • Dazanar
    Dazanar 16 дней назад

    Lol it's really meta these days to have ur editor come in and say hi or be funny with the audience. Maybe keep that happening from time to time

  • luke bannister
    luke bannister 16 дней назад

    was sparring with a friend, we were using his blades and he had a breaker. he caught my blade and snapped about 2 feet off the end. with propped pressure, they will break rapier

  • Philippe Clermont
    Philippe Clermont 17 дней назад

    Cool! Did not know about this. Thx.

  • DeRien8
    DeRien8 17 дней назад

    Sword*brake*r? I knew this had to mention WoT

  • horsemumbler1
    horsemumbler1 18 дней назад

    /ourguy/ confirmed

  • Aosha
    Aosha 18 дней назад

    So the European swordbreaker is really a rapiercatcher.
    And the Chinese swordbreaker is really a bladeslapper.

  • harryc657
    harryc657 19 дней назад

    I wonder if the design of the sword breaker can be designed in a longer sword. Like; since the blade is bigger and longer than a dagger, you could design the grooves in such a way that it can catch the blade of its counter parts. Maybe make the grooves slanted so if the blade runs alongside the breaker during a fight, your opponent won't be able to retrieve his blade to defend himself, and maybe use a secondary weapon to go for a kill.

  • Timothy McLean
    Timothy McLean 19 дней назад

    Interesting that both types of swordbreaker, despite not necessarily relying on physically destroying the sword, work best against lighter swords.

  • Jake Wu
    Jake Wu 19 дней назад

    Those look quite effective in disarming your opponent.(By a person who barely knows much about swords and blades.)

  • Beñat Mitxelena
    Beñat Mitxelena 19 дней назад

    The best friend of a rapier is the sail dager. It ofers better deffens, like a little buckler plus the offensive power of a 50cm blade.
    And you can "engavilanar", catch the blade, with the quilons.
    Sail dager rules!!

  • Eric P
    Eric P 19 дней назад

    Breaking probably refers to breaking the opponent's stance. They can't slash or thrust effectively if their weight is off center and wrist is at an odd angle. This is purely conjecture but perhaps you could force the tip of their sword to the ground and step on the blade to form a class 3 lever, wresting it from their grip.

  • Sitting Pyro
    Sitting Pyro 19 дней назад

    I'm guessing the sword breaker maybe wasn't being used more because it was only good for thinner blades, and eventually wasn't used because guns started coming into creation.

  • 夏武俠
    夏武俠 19 дней назад

    The Chinese "Sword Breaker" in my opinion, is a misnomer, (spread by forums and Cold Steel). It doesn't describe how the weapon was used, nor does it match what the word actually means in Chinese (鐗 - jiǎn - An ancient weapon like a long solid metal truncheon). Its uniqueness lies in that it is a mace, or club, made to balance more like a sword.
    It was mostly a bludgeoning weapon, likely used in conjunction with a shield, because many do not have any hand protection. (though lots of artwork show "door gods" i.e. temple guardians dual-wielding these). It was not designed to counter swords, but rather was designed as an anti-armor weapon. The tip is blunt, so I don't think it was really designed for thrusting either.
    The weapon originated in the Song Dynasty (960-1278 A.D.), at a time when armor was becoming more sophisticated, and more typical kinds of maces became popular in China. There is little difference between this weapon and the Iron Whip (鐵鞭) which is shaped to look like the ridges of bamboo.

  • T_L_K
    T_L_K 19 дней назад

    Panzerbrecher? Anyone?

  • Drew Doehass
    Drew Doehass 20 дней назад

    Nice leather bound Mistborn!

  • ActionBrother
    ActionBrother 20 дней назад

    A swordbreaker would be effective against a wider blade but not too the same extent. The usage would be different too. If you catch a sword with a wider blade you will not be able to lock the sword but you can twist your wrist/arm -> blade. This means, the sword caught by the blade needs to twist too. Because of this, the enemy needs to a) release the sword b) twist his wrist/arm too try not release his sword. So it might not be able to catch the sword, but it might be able to disarm the enemy or make him lose his focus and attention on the fight.
    I hope explained it well because it is hard to put movements and twists into written words. 😜

  • ian nys
    ian nys 21 день назад

    They probably broke fairly easy as they have only a very thin connection.

  • Onba
    Onba 21 день назад

    Meliodas from the Seven Deadly Sins manga/anime has a European sword breaker as his sacred treasure. I don't recall him using it properly, though I may be wrong.

  • Random User
    Random User 21 день назад

    It also leaves a horrible wound

  • Crispy bacon25 Rand
    Crispy bacon25 Rand 21 день назад

    Bless you at 2:35

  • Ran Fett
    Ran Fett 21 день назад

    I thought the Chinese sword breaker was designed for striking cheap swords hard enough to permanently bend them

  • Misting Wolf
    Misting Wolf 21 день назад

    I've actually used the swordbreaker (EU) in a novel I'm working on. Only it's not a dagger; the notches are in the forte of a full-sized sword, made to catch other full-sized swords.

  • Damon Osterbrink
    Damon Osterbrink 22 дня назад

    As a fellow Wheel of Time fan I think it would be really cool if you did a video about the Stone of Tear. If there are any real world fortresses like that and are they truly impenetrable?

  • Jango Is Bored
    Jango Is Bored 22 дня назад

    Everytime I watch you videos I just think of Berserk and Fire Emblem

  • TheMonkey747
    TheMonkey747 22 дня назад

    In the 1990s three musketeers, Porthos has something like a parrying dagger that splits into 3 blades and breaks a redshirt's sword...

  • Orchestra Of Ruin
    Orchestra Of Ruin 22 дня назад

    I just found out this was a real weapon. It's one of the best knives in the Dragon Quest series.

  • horowitzfan
    horowitzfan 22 дня назад

    "Sword breaker" is a really bad translation for a 鐧 (jian, low tone, different from 劍, double-edged sword, falling tone). It's more appropriately called a mace. Often two were used at a time. They're for smashing through armor, although you could break swords with them if you want. But that's like calling an axe a thrusting weapon.

  • F Woyen
    F Woyen 22 дня назад

    In the wheel of time they make the swordbreaker actually break swords though which is lame.

  • Mekner
    Mekner 22 дня назад

    It would be cool, if a bit redundant and silly, to see some kind of duel or battle where one of the combatants uses both kinds of sword breaker. Whether it was fantasy or real life doesn’t matter

  • Aleksandras M.
    Aleksandras M. 22 дня назад

    The confusion there with the pronunciation of the Chinese swordbreaker is that you're referring to a cantonese speaker that is pronouncing what is jian3 (鐧) in mandarin as "gaan3", not to be confused with the mandarin jian4 (劍) which is "gim3" in cantonese

  • 1870 Preußen
    1870 Preußen 22 дня назад


  • Randy Mouser
    Randy Mouser 22 дня назад

    Jitte. The Japanese version of the sword breaker. Its primary use was to control the opponent's blade after it has been blocked. It was primarily used by the Edo period police.

  • Chad Ikelman
    Chad Ikelman 22 дня назад

    Even if you cant get the blade caught in the grooves, you still have a good amount of control of your opponents blade with a European Swordbreaker over a standard parry dagger.

  • Evering Hall
    Evering Hall 22 дня назад

    Also shad read wheel of time? dats MAH BOI

  • Evering Hall
    Evering Hall 22 дня назад

    In chinese this is called
    G U N

  • turalei
    turalei 22 дня назад

    Swordbreaker seems good duel weapon, but it can stuck in enemy body if you try to stab with it. I think that's why it found use in renaissance and not in medieval era.

  • Brandon Cook
    Brandon Cook 22 дня назад

    Chinese sword breaker versus the chinese Dao

  • DeScruff
    DeScruff 22 дня назад

    I have to think a sword breaker would have been significantly more expensive then a regular parrying dagger.
    But I have to wonder if they are easily damaged. In a battle or duel whoever's sword gets caught in the thing isn't going to just give up and stop in a few seconds like what happens in a fencing match. They are gonna trash about trying to get their sword back. (Assuming they haven't been killed)
    I could possibly see if those teeth are not sufficiently thick enough, they could get bent up. I could see those hooks flat out breaking off over time.
    And then there is the main shaft, you are removing metal, possibly making the thing more susceptible to bending over time (Specially with lower grade steel), creating a maintenance cost.

  • Rick and Rygel
    Rick and Rygel 22 дня назад +1


  • Darcmatter
    Darcmatter 22 дня назад

    Skallagrim! We need your help!

  • Tate Freeman
    Tate Freeman 22 дня назад

    Well in this time they valued honour and skill, in otherwords the swordbreaker was too OP

  • Sean
    Sean 22 дня назад

    OMG someone who actually knows the sai and doesn't call them daggers!

  • Pie Fish
    Pie Fish 22 дня назад

    My goodness they had and edge more like 2 cause a dagger and sword (bad pun )

  • Graeme Smith
    Graeme Smith 22 дня назад

    Sword breakers can also be a wrist guard

  • PsychoLucario
    PsychoLucario 22 дня назад

    maybe it was regulated, like crossbows so you had to be rich enough that you're not going to get into a sword fight personally, or special enough to carry it

  • BigBadSeed
    BigBadSeed 22 дня назад

    My God! You sir have ascended!

  • Mordor's Morlord
    Mordor's Morlord 22 дня назад

    My character actually had a swordbreaker in an RP once. Saved my life so many times.

  • Angus Uchiha
    Angus Uchiha 22 дня назад

    A gun

  • Parbruek
    Parbruek 22 дня назад

    I would dual wield sword breakers, Chinese in my right hand, European in my left. While my opponents consider how they are going to describe my gear, I will strike them down. Muah-ha-ha-ha!