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Swords by Ruriel Swords by Ruriel
And THIS is why I've been so quiet on here lately. I've been working on this for almost two weeks now, with an on again/off again relationship. I've both adored it with all of my heart and hated it like a woman scorned.

These are real swords, not fantasy ones. However, they're a really good base for the making of fantasy swords based on their length and shape. I used reference pictures for most of these, and then used the pen tool and Photoshop to actually make them after I had sketched them onto paper.

From left to right, they are the dha, kris, khopesh, kalis, falcata, katana, dao, kilij, a small sword, sabre, ram dao, cutlass, khanda, a hook swords (meant to be used as a pair), kopis, a viking sword, schiavona, scimitar, dadao, kampilan, falchion, claymore, shotel, rapier, a long sword, aruval, urumi, flammard, and a zweihander.

Most of the image references came from either Wikipedia or 'Weapon - A Visual History of Arms and Armor'.
These are eyeballed references, so if there are flaws in the color (which there are, because I wanted them to be more uniform) or shape, the fault is mine.

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Velolciraptor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student
Oh. This makes all my heaps of sword-research fairly redundant. ._. All those hours spent searching for different types of historical swords... And here I find a chart of most of the ones I've seen so far. But, well... At least the knowledge is all firmly lodged in my mind at this point.
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reddragon122100 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww! I've been looking for some thing like this forever! Thanks!
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FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh gosh the urumi looks very unpleasant, is it some kind of mix between a whip and blades? Cuz that would hurt as hell 8(
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Ruriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It kind of is, from the research I did on it. Apparently it takes years of training to just learn how to not kill yourself with it!
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cjerd Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! :D And it looks like you put a lot of detail and time into it - absolutely fantastic! :D And kinda elegant looking too~
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Ruriel Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, two week isn't paltry time, but I'm happy with how it turned out. <3
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UndeadSentinel Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I created a sword that has a blade nearly as short as the first one, yet can transform into a sword thats so long that it goes off your scale! XD
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Ruriel Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That would indeed be a fantasy sword. XD
Maybe I'll have something like that when I design those.
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UndeadSentinel Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
How can you have this list without the Masamune or the Claymore?
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Ruriel Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The schiavona is a claymore with a basket hilt, and the masamune just wasn't practical. XD
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