Since the first sharpened tools used by early man over a million years ago, edged weapons have developed and evolved into many forms. They are now valued the world over as collectable antiques, admired for the intricate skill and workmanship that lie behind the lavish and often beautifully coloured decoration on the blade and hilt. This comprehensive illustrated chronology takes you on a visual tour of sharp weapons throughout history: from the hand-held flints of the Stone Age, through to the parrying daggers of the Renaissance, the original Bayonne bayonets of the 17th century, the survival weapons of the two world wars and finally the civilian knives of modern times. There are also intriguing blades from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, including the Japanese tanto and aikuchi, the Persian peshkabz, Sudanese throwing knives and Indian Katars. Presented in an accessible and easy-to-follow format there are specially-commissioned photographs of each item, clearly labelled with the blade?s defining features as well as at-a-glance specification boxes detailing date, country of origin and length. Written by a leading arms and armoury expert and featuring over 350 pieces shown in more than 530 stunning pictures, this book is an indispensable resource for both the serious collector and amateur enthusiast, and will be a fascinating and engaging read for anybody with an interest in historical weaponry.