I own two swords, one I purchased off the shelf & customised myself, the other was custom made for me by a close friend who is a Bowyer & knife maker. Swords are good for self defence, but in order to use them to their best advantage, you really need to learn sword fighting. The tomahawk can be used in much the same way as a sword, & it does not take long to learn the basic moves. If you never learn how to sword fight properly, you can always throw it like a rabbit stick! My basket hilt sword. My hunting sword.