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You would not want more brittle weapons. Broken swords are not very useful. One that takes out the first person in line but breaks won't help you in battle when facing a full army. You want the midpoint between a steel that bends on impact and one that breaks on impact. In battle, you want one that can take a lot of beating, perhaps nicks broken out of it, ...


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Given this context, could more brittle but harder swords or other weapons be preferred? There's a more important question here that you haven't answered, which is "What is the benefit?" Super-hard materials are useful at cutting and breaking and penetrating hard things, but when fighting against unarmoured opponents who are presumably using no ...


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