The technology for bronze swords reached its high point during the Warring States period and Qin Dynasty.
Amongst the Warring States period swords, some unique technologies were used, such as casting high tin edges over softer, lower tin cores, or the application of diamond shaped patterns on the blade (see sword of Goujian).
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The saber (sabre) and similar blades such as the cutlass were built more heavily and were more typically used in warfare.
just a few decades before the final collapse of the palace cultures in the Bronze Age collapse.
The hilts of these swords were beautifully crafted and often contained false rivets in order to make the sword more visually appealing.
Swords coming from northern Denmark and northern Germany usually contained three or more fake rivets in the hilt.
The US Navy kept tens of thousands of sturdy cutlasses in their armory well into World War II and many were issued to marines in the Pacific as jungle machetes.
Non-European weapons called "sword" include single-edged weapons such as the Middle Eastern scimitar, the Chinese dao and the related Japanese katana.