Different types of swords include the longsword, broadsword, short sword, bastard sword, two-handed sword, claymore, rapier, scimitar, sabre, and smallsword. Swords are generally made of a sturdy metal; they were first made of bronze, which was so soft that you could only make a short sword out of it. Later they were made of iron and then steel. Today, you can buy modern-made swords, which are made of both stainless steel and high carbon steel. If you ever want to be able to use a sword, don't buy a stainless one.