I just received a copy of the shape of sword blades by Mr. John Latham. Robert Wilkinson-Latham was good enough to send me this copy that changed some ideas I had about sword blades. The reason for a small tight hilt, as with some Indian swords (not small hands), curved vs straight. Shapes of the fullers, much older swords tended to have better design. Great explanation about cutting abilities etc. Makes for a very good read, can always learn something new even if it's over 140 years old! Highly recommend reading it!