-- Alma 31:5
The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon in the Armor of God. It is therefore somewhat imperative that we use it daily and become accustomed to its use.
The idea of using a Sword instead of a battle ax or some other ancient weapon, brings out the idea of piece through the heart, or penetrating the very soul, instead of actually chopping up your enemy.
This means that we not only have to wield the Sword of the Spirit against the enemy but that we must allow the Spirit to enter into our hearts as well.
There are many different types and styles of swords in the ancient world, and each has its own purpose and form of combat.
The Claymore is a long broadsword used in western Europe. The main purpose of this sword was shear size and weight. Someone who could use one effectively would be able to slice deep wounds into the enemy fairly easily.
The Katana is a shorter slightly curved sword from Japan. It was used by the Samurai, the curve made for a faster draw and better balance. This was a much faster weapon but did not have overwhelming force.
Both of these Swords were two-handed weapons, which means they would not have allowed the warrior to use a shield. However, it is written that the Shield of Faith is the most important piece of armor we should have.
Always make room for your Faith to help you, as you follow the Spirit.