Obsidian Edge Sword

Obsidian Edge Sword

The obsidian edge sword was a weapon used mostly by the Indian people during the Coronado expedition.

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The sword was known to be very effective in close combat due to the razor sharp blades on each side. It was used whenever combat had risen on their expedition against the other people they came across. Originating in Mexico around the time of the Aztecs, but was used by many groups around Mexico. It was known to be so sharp it could decapitate enemies, and their horses in seconds. It was made with a large piece of wood carved into a bat like form at 3.5 feet. Then 8 to 10 pieces of obsidian material was hammered into each side, until there was no way of removing them. By knowing most Indians groups used this weapon during the time of the 1500’s, we are well aware that they were brought with them on the expedition.


Flint, Richard. The Latest Word from 1540: People, Places, and Portrayals of the Coronado Expedition. Albuquerque, NM: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2011.

“Richard Flint.” Archaeology Southwest. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/team/richard-flint/.

Raven. “This Aztec Sword With Obsidian Blades Was So Sharp, You Could Decapitate A Horse With It.” Disclose.tv. April 24, 2018. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.disclose.tv/this-aztec-sword-with-obsidian-blades-was-so-sharp-you-could-decapitate-a-horse-with-it-315329.

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