Friday, April 14, 2023

Properly Balanced

A properly balanced sword is the most versatile weapon for close quarters ever devised.  Pistols and guns are all offense, no defense; close on him fast and a man with a gun can't shoot, he has to stop you before you reach him.  Close on a man carrying a blade and you'll be spitted like a roast pigeon -- unless you have a blade and can use it better than he can.

-- Robert Anson Heinlein (1907 - 1988), one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of science fiction of the 20th Century, in Glory Road (1963), Ch. 15

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