Well, you asked about the top ten ancient weapons. But I think that your question needs to be segmented because there are a lot of weapons that most
people don’t know about that have been extremely effective in combat. But because they were not weapons designed for the military, they have mostly
been overlooked by the modern world.
I am taking Kung Fu as of late and did you know that they have over 100 different weapons? These weapons are more for personal defense and covert
tactics than what is suitable for military usage. These weapons are not designed for use in single line combat. More like the sword, they are designed
for close in fighting, or for taking out a single target.
Also, in my opinion, these weapons are more relevant in today’s world because most people need self defense and are not a part of an organized
militia that traines in line combat tactics.
Here is my list of top ten ancient personal defense weapons.
The Butterfly Swords
Traditionally, the blade of a butterfly sword is only sharpened along half of its edge - from the middle of the blade to the tip. The blade from the
midpoint down is left blunt so that it can be used to deliver non-lethal strikes and to block without damaging the sharpened edge.
TOAS Nabard Kung fu teaches these weapons and let me tell you, they are very deadly. The handguard doubles as a set of knuckles and because the blades
are rather light and broad they are very fast and good at blocking. The blades are wide and almost impossible to grab because you can’t wrap your
hand around the entire width as you can a katana.
Chinese War Sword
As cold steel states, “a well balanced weapon that's unbelievably fast and agile”. I agree. When looking at a huge thing like this you say to
yourself, yeah right, that things too slow. But you should see someone who is trained with it use it. Its handle is long, but the blade is relatively
short. To think about this weapons it is best to imagine how a short staff is used. It has its drawbacks, but it has its advantages too. I would use
this over a fighting ax any day of the week
The Rope Dart
Being one of the most difficult weapons to master, the rope (soft weapons) are very unknown to most people. However, they are extremely deadly. The
can be completely concealed from all view until used, and because of their speed and range, they are extremely effective first strike weapons. Rope
weapons can be almost any range that is needed. There are many different tactics with this weapon. But esentially, because rope is almost always a
necessary item to have for any covert action, this training makes the most use of equipment most often seen as benign and not dangerous.
The Hard Whip
This weapon is used for breaking swords, along with many other things. Basically it is a steel staff of sorts. Sword to sword combat was seen as
almost unnecessary when steels of certain hardness were obtained. Even today, police officers around the globe carry a version of this weapon
(collapsible Baton) that is also designed to break swords, and skulls.