As an non-sword practitioner (who actually do have swords laying around) This question had been bugging me for a time now... Is sword still consider a practical weapon in any realistic SHTF situation? because i see a few issue regarding sword as a practical weapon, one of them is regarding their size, because a longsword or a Katana is pretty big and can be quite unwieldy in small confine space, you certainly can't carry them in everyday life, even storing it in a car create space issue, not to mention the legality of it. And another thing i want to add is : Can you realistically defeat a two handed sword with small sword such as the machete or goloks? It may sound like a stupid question, but let me tell you this : It is actually pretty common for motorcycle gangs in Indonesia to use bladed weapon in their raids much more than guns, their weapon is usually small knife, goloks, oversize sickles, katana and even a large oversize DIY saw-sword. so yes, a tip or two on what type of weapon or martial art that can give me an advantage in case thing do go wrong might help. Thanks PS : Getting Hijacked or Robbed by armed road bandits is actually a thing in my town.