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Top 7 Hottest Female Sword Fighters

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What’s sexier than a sword?  How about a hot chick slicing up her foes with one?  Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the top 10 female sword fighters.

7. Violet Song jat Shariff (Milla Jovovich)Ultraviolet

Even though the sci-fi thriller was widely panned by critics for its excessive complexity and lack of realism, the film did produce one of the hottest sword wielding fighters of all time. Throughout the film, Violet, played by Milla Jovovich, relentlessly plows through groups of inept fighters with a range of weapons, including swords and knives. Check out the cool scene below where Violet takes out a room of sword fighters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn6btSjAzPk

6. Guinevere (Keira Knightley)King Arthur

Along with being fierce, Guinevere, from the 2004 film about King Arthur, engages in some truly amazing battles. For her loyalty, skill with swords and other weapons and refusal to give up, Guinevere takes the number 6 spot on this list. Check out some of her fiercest moments from the film in this clip.

5. The Bride (Uma Thurman) – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2


Say what you will about Uma Thurman, but The Bride in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films is one hot sword fighter you don’t want to mess with. In one of the greatest sword fights in cinema history, The Bride takes on a group of masked men replete with gore and violence. Look at some of her moves in the clip below.

4. Xena (Lucy Lawless) Xena: Warrior Princess

It’s impossible to compile a list of hottest female sword fighters without including Xena. Even though she’s only a fixture on the small screen, she remains the quintessential female warrior. Throughout her six seasons on television, she battled countless enemies with humor and intensity. Kudos to any woman who could carry around that massive sword and wield it skillfully.

3. Jen (Zhang Ziyi)Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The battle scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are whimsical, impassioned and inventive and no one in the film represents this deftness more than Jen. The beautiful sword fighter, who was destined for an arranged marriage but yearned for a warrior’s lifestyle, engaged in several battles throughout the movie including this iconic fight in the trees.

2. O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu)Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Although she may appear innocent and fragile, O-Ren Ishii should never be crossed, as demonstrated from the clip below. The film emphasizes her flawless beauty, grace and fighting skills, especially when pitted against The Bride.

1. Elena Montero (Catherine Zeta-Jones)The Mask of Zorro

This curvaceous student and love interest of Zorro earns the top spot on this list for her sword fighting skills and undeniable good looks. In the clip below you see her playfully battling Zorro with a rapier fencing sword before losing her clothes to the masked swordsman. Throughout the film, she demonstrates intimate knowledge of sword fighting and uses it for good.

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Swordfights (#3 and #2)

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3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonYu Shu Lien Vs. Jen

This 2000 epic martial arts film has a number of sword fights worthy for this list, but none tops the scene below that shows these two girls engaging in an acrobatic sword fight.

2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – Darth Vader Vs. Luke Skywalker

Even though they’re not technically swords, lightsabers brought back the popularity of sword fighting and inspired millions (including the famous Star Wars kid) to take up sword fighting. This entire list could have been filled with only Star Wars sword fights, from the scene with Darth Maul to the Yoda and Palpatine fight. But, when it came time to decide, this first duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from The Empire Strikes Back remains the most iconic.

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Sword Fights (#7 and #6)

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7. ScaramoucheAndre Moreau Vs. Marquis de Maynes

Whereas the previous entries featured a lot of special effects, this 1952 movie featured pure one-on-one sword fighting that most likely took a lot of time to coordinate and practice. This scene is reportedly the longest sword duel in cinema history.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow Vs. Will Turner

Pirates are notorious for being sword wielding fighters. In the first film of the Pirates series, Jack Sparrow and Will Turner undertake a cool sword fight that contains snarky dialogue and culminates in the emergence of a gun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFVX-JKdYVo&feature=related

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A Brief Guide to Swords

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Throughout the world, millions of different types of swords have been forged for a number of purposes, including battle and ceremonial garb. Amazingly, when swords are forged by hand, they are unique in many ways.  To build on our theme of swords, I’ve decided to create a brief guide of swords. Even though there are hundreds of types of swords, I’ve separated the swords by region.

Asian Swords

There are two main categories of Chinese swords: the dao sword and the jian sword. The Chinese dao swords (pictured right) first appeared during China’s Bronze Age and have several distinct characteristic. They usually have a slightly curved single-edged blade with a handle that curves in the opposite direction to give maximum control. They were ideal for thrusting and slicing during battle. The second important Chinese sword is the jian sword. Unlike the dao, which is known as the “General of All Weapons,” the jian is known as the “Gentleman of All Weapons” because it is a very simple double-edged sword.

The other type of major Asian sword is the Japanese nihonto. The type of sword that falls under this category is the well-known katana, which samurai warriors used to carry in the 15th century. The common trait of nihonto swords is their long, single-edged blade. It was fairly standard-sized compared to the range of the other Japanese swords and had a long handle, so it could be held with two hands. If you’re really interested in Japanese swords, I recommend looking into the other types, which include odachi, tachi, nodachi, tsurugi and wakizashi.

European Swords

There are a ton of sword-types from Europe, so I’m not going to go into full detail since several scholars have already spent their time carefully categorizing each type. Instead, I’m just going to focus on a few types that are interesting and pretty common. The first type is the longsword, which was used during Medieval times and featured a massive double-edged blade. Some of the common longswords had to be carried with two hands to ensure usability and is the type of sword you’d see in The Lord of the Rings.

The next major type is the rapier. The design of the rapier, a long narrow blade with a sharp point, makes it perfect for thrusting. In fact, most blades are not sharp except at the end of the blade. Another important element of the rapier is its intricate hilt design that protects the hands during battle. From the rapier, you also get the smallsword and the epee, which are mainly used as fencing weapons and decorative garb.

Another predominantly European type of sword is the backsword. The swords that fall under this category include claymores, cutlasses and basket-hilted swords. The feature of these swords is single-edged blades with a thick back to help support it. Like the rapier, these swords also have complex hilts, because they were often used by European cavalry, specifically Scottish clans.

African Swords

You’re probably least familiar with African swords simply because there aren’t very many. According to Wikipedia, there are only nine recognized swords and none fall under major categories. One of the most interesting types of African swords is the khopesh, which came from Egypt. If you’ve ever seen “The Mummy,” the soldiers carry these swords that resemble sickles. The swords have a unique design with a somewhat circular blade that was used more for disarming opponents than slicing them.

Another sword called the ida is used by the Yoruba people of West Africa. It’s distinctive because its blade goes from being narrow at the handle to thicker by the tip. Legend also said that the Yoruba people added peppers or poison to the blades in order to make the slice more painful and deadlier. In general, the ida is extremely keen making it perfect for multiple purposes, such as hunting, battling and quotidian cutting.

American Swords

Similar to Africa, there aren’t very many prominent or recognizably American swords. The main reason is by the time the Americas were colonized, modern weaponry was already advanced. However, there are still a few notable swords from the region. The only recognized sword from America, according to Wikipedia, is the macuahuitl. This sword was used by Aztecs and made from volcanic glass and obsidian (in the mode of flintknapping). Although the macuahuitl was more like a wooden club with sharp fragments sticking out of the sides, some say it was sharp enough to decapitate a man.

The other American swords are mainly collectibles made from existing styles, typically European styles. For example, US Civil War swords are essentially the smallsword types I wrote about earlier. Other swords made for the United States are mainly designed for military ceremonies.

 

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Sword Fights: (#9 and #8)

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9. TroyAchilles Vs. Hector

In this 2004 film based on Homer’s The Iliad, there are some really great battles that occur throughout the movie. Here is another battle to the death between Brad Pitt’s character Achilles and Eric Bana’s character Hector.

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – King Arthur Vs. The Black Knight

This scene is perhaps one of the funniest sword fighting scenes in any movie, and well worth a position on this list.

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Top 10 Badass Movie Sword Fights (#10)

This post is the second about swords in conjunction with our first Cutting Edge product give-away.  Place a comment responding to this post or any other between today and midnight on Sunday and you’ll be entered to win a 51-inch William Wallace replica sword .

Every day, at 10 a.m and 10 p.m. central time, we’ll be counting down the top ten badass movie sword fights of all time.  If you are one of the first ten people to comment on any individual post, you’ll get DOUBLE ENTRIES.

10. BladeBlade Vs. Deacon Frost

With a name like Blade, you’d have to imagine there are some great sword fights in the movie. This is a great scene from the final moments of the first film when the two vampires (including a super vampire) are fighting to the death. Check it out.

Five Reasons to Pick Up Sword Fighting

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Picture this:  It’s an ordinary Saturday afternoon around your house and your wife is about to leave for bridge club.

“Do you have any plans, honey,” she inquires in a condescending tone, expecting you to have none.

“Actually, I do,” you announce, pulling a 30-inch Katana sword from the sheath affixed to your belt. “I’m going to my sword fighting club.”

All around the world. ordinary dudes like yourself are living exciting lives by participating in sword fighting.  Don’t believe me? Here’s a huge list of sword fighting clubs across the U.S.

Not convinced that sword fighting is for you?  Here are a few reasons to give it a shot.

Sword Fighting is a Primal Right of Manhood

Have you ever felt like you’ve missed your destiny?  Have you ever considered that in a former life you were a swashbuckling pirate or a knight in shining armor who sliced through his foes?

If you have, then you may be completely delusional.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a sword fighting hobby that’s exciting, healthy and just downright macho.

Sword fighting exhibitions are held every year in locations across the world and you can be a participant.  Why sit on the couch twiddling your thumbs when you could be donning armor and fighting it out on the field while living your medieval fantasy

Sword fighting makes you buff

As long as you don’t stabbed through the heart.  Have you ever seen a fat Samurai?  No, you haven’t, and that’s because there aren’t any.

Sword fighting sheds fat, burns calories and can chisel your body.  There are also numerous sword fighting classes available throughout the Hollywood and Manhattan areas, but if by some freakish reason you don’t live in these bastions of new-age exercise, there is no reason to worry.  I have a solution for you.

There are books on sword fighting

Seriously. Not only are there books, but there are sword fighting  E-books, which means that you can sit in your basement on your laptop and learn to sword fight better then William Wallace.

What could be better than reading an ordinary E-book? How about reading one on sword fighting!

Sword fighting helps you appreciate history

A history book?  Yeah, that sounds like a really great way to pass time.  But, what if medieval history, had, dare I say, a bit more of an edge to it?

It does.  From Lancelot to Miyamoto Musashi, sword fighters have been revered throughout history.  Oh, what’s that, you don’t know who Miyamato Musashi is?

He’s an ancient Japanese warrior who won hundreds of duels;  In the most infamous, he killed a man with a weapon that he constructed from an oar on the boat-ride over.

Sword fighting is steeped in the tradition and the history of Europe and Asia, which means that in order to fully appreciate it, you’ll want to digest some ancient manuals on the craft. By doing so, you will appear to be much more educated than you are.

Buying a sword is easy

Don’t worry, you don’t need to scour your local sporting goods store for a proper blade. Ninja swords and accessories are available from a number of online retailers and are quite affordable.

Don’t wait any longer.  The time has come for you to claim your destiny.  Buy a sword (and a sheath) and become the man you’ve always wanted to be.

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Want to Toughen Up? Go To Roman Gladiator School

gladiatorsDoes strapping on Roman armor and facing off with adversaries armed with swords and tridents appeal to you?

If so, you should check out the Gladiator School of Rome, where wannabe warriors don ancient attire and learn the ways of the gladiator.

The Italian school offers lessons in Roman-era combat, complete, of course, with togas, shields and combat skirts.

A recent Bloomberg article reported that the training was especially popular among CEOs, who feel the lessons in combat beef up their business acumen.

Giovanni Bonmartai, the CEO of Europe’s largest printing-supply store, said the skills he picks up in the gladiator’s ring transfer to corporate negotiations.

“Business is still hand-to-hand warfare,” Bonmartini says. “And it’s all encapsulated in the body: anger, excitement, challenge. That’s why I come to the arena. This is an invigorating perspective and perfect preparation for the negotiating table.”

If you happen to be in Rome, a two-hour session at the school will run you 30 Euros ($42). Not convinced?  Check out the video below.

Bored on Your Lunch Break? Consider Electric Sword Fighting

You most likely spend your lunch breaks eating a pastrami sandwich around the water cooler, but it appears a few Russian factory workers have a different idea about what constitutes an exciting hour off.  Check out this video via Buzzfeed of two steel-headed combatants dueling it out with electrified swords.

Not surprisingly, the end result is a small fire.


 

Buying Knives at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Knives at Chiang Mai Knife MarketCHIANG MAI, ThailandThe Chiang Mai night bazaar  is a good place to buy a light-brown Chang Beer tank top for $6.  There are also numerous silk robes for sale in the same price range, in case you’re looking for something more modest.

If you fancy neither of these items, then you can choose from the following: fake Rolex watches, ostrich-leather wallets (I have two), knock-off Tiffany jewelry, statues of the Buddha, cowboy hats, necklaces, flower-shaped lampshades, boxing shorts, or if you want to drop out of reality for a few weeks, the entire series of “The Sopranos.”

I walked through hundreds of these stands last night, buying nothing, until eventually I stumbled onto a cart stocked with an armory of knives, swords, throwing stars and machetes run by a very small man who drives a hard bargain and rarely tells the truth.

I had already been burned by buying counterfeit knives once on the Thailand-Burma border, where I bought a fake Dark Ops Stratofighter Stileto for $15.  For this reason, I wasn’t particularly interested in buying any pocket knives, especially after the merchant selling them told me that a Browning pocket knife, which had USA clearly written on it, was produced in a village 10 km away.

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