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First let me say that swords were expensive, and Sorry my nice button is out of order but my bite me button works just fine shirt, and was a weapon of last resort, despite what Hollywood would have you believe. Ever see or imagine what an ax will do to the human body? Even if the ax does not pierce the quilted gambeson or mail it will still crush everything underneath.
For instance, I recently, due to my own stupidity, rode an extension ladder down from the roof of my house. I was able to get up and walk, in fact I went on up on the roof and finished the job, and did not go to seek medical advice for another two weeks. The delay would have changed nothing.