A someone who's going to try to make one (or more, if it works out!) swords for LARP-ing, thank you for this amazing overview. I must confess, I'm partial to wide, curved, asymmetrical blades myself, more than the cruciform, shining knight-type Arming Swords. I find those shapes, like for example 1a, 3a, 3b, especially beautiful.
I'd like to see examples of negatively curved swords, as they seem quite interesting and I wonder how they compare with normally curved blades
other than that, a 3d-/+ would probably be my favourite
Then there are all the blades that got got reforged to make fire arms that wiped out most of the effective steel blades so that many of the blades found were blades too warped by combat or bad casting or forging or in broken pieces that got tossed in mass graves that were due up by people fighting off all the roving armies that happened during the dark ages.
Your videos at youtube are great also. Thanks for them too.
(Well, I shoud visit Solingen again.....great museum there with fine blades)