Right, I guess many of you would say that the best weapon for home defense would be a shotgun or similar but in my country is virtually impossible to acquire such licenses. Having a firearm without a license grants you years in jail not to mention using it! Even swords cannot be acquire as weapons but as collection item or decoration, so legally speaking if I protect myself with it would be like using a a decorative jar. Unfortunately thieves have become in these days extremely violent in my country when it comes to break ins; before they would wait for you to be out of home and then would search the house for money and jewels. Now they don't bother, they wait till you are at thome, and then they break in and torture you to force you disclose the location of money or jewels... and you better have something to disclose cause otherwise they won't believe you and you'll have to go through an ordeal. I guess most of us agree there is no such thing a "best sword" cause it depends on the situation, therefore, I would like to present the most usual scenario in the modern house break ins in my country so that we can discuss about the best weapon for that situation. I am really interested in your point of view since I know many of you are great experts in the field. Situation to consider (according to police records): Two intruders (minimum) breaks into your house. At least one carries a fireman axe (They use it to break doors in case you lock yourself in a room) The other/s usually carry big knifes, knuckle dusters and so on... Occasionally they might bring a handgun though not so common since they know you don't have one at home anyway. "Weapons" that I can legally purchase in my country: Baseball bats. Knifes & Swords. Hammers, Axes, Chainsaw... Any garden tool. My guess for the best weapon: If I use a baseball bat against the axe I am done, so nope... And so it goes for the Hammer or any garden tools that I know. The axe would be a fifty-fifty thing against the guy with the axe and two slow to contain two attackers. The Chainsaw looks terrific in theory but have a few drawbacks that makes it not so good choice: might not work, or take me too much time to make it work. heavy and slow. a blow with the axe on the chainsaw might take the chain out of the rails leaving me with no weapon at all. So that leaves me with a sword/s as best choice... rapier & dagger: with a trapping dagger the rapier might be the best choice for unarmored 1-1 duels, but this is not 1-1 and a good cutting powers seems to me a must in this situations. one long sword: perhaps if I am in the middle of the dinning room they would be the best choice, but if in a small room they could be really hard to maneuver. On the other hand they will be the best to keep away the intruder with the axe. But if I go for one long sword I think it is better a double edge longsword so that I can handle one attacker at 12 and other at 6 ( hitting with the backside edge at 6 and rapidly hitting at 12 without repositioning the blade). two short swords: great for small spaces, perhaps not so great against the axe, but so far imagining myself in that situation the two short swords seems to give me the best options; against the axe I can block and attack at the same time, and against the 12-6 I can use one blade for 12 and the other for 6. Conclusion: Well I think the best choice is two short single edge swords. So how about two Chinese butterfly swords? I would really appreciate you answers and help. Thank you very much.