Excalibur According to most accounts of the mythology, Arthur Pendragon, the king of the Britons, was the only one who could pull the famed sword from a stone and anvil. The most well-known source from which contemporary retellings of the Arthurian legends derive is Geoffrey of Monmouth. In some versions of the story, Excalibur is seen as a gift from the Lady of the Lake, while the sword encased in stone is seen as a completely other weapon.

Gramr Icelandic mythology describes a warrior by the name of Sigmund. Odin, as he often did, showed up at his sister Signy's wedding and threw his sword, Gramr, into a tree. He claimed that anyone who could take out the blade would never find a greater weapon throughout his entire life. Except for Sigmund, every guest made an attempt to take the sword out but failed. The sword was requested by the king, but Sigmund refused to give it up because it was an Odin gift.

Zulfigar Shia Muslims consider Ali ibn-Abi Tahib to be the Prophet's first cousin and successor. The Archangel Gabriel is credited with giving the Prophet Muhammad this fabled sword. During the Battle of Uhud, Ali had broken his own weapon by striking Talhah ibn Abi Talhah al-Abdari, the best warrior from Mecca, on both his helmet and shield.

Durendal The tales of the famous warrior Roland frequently mention this fabled blade. This military leader served under the Frankish/Lombard emperor Charlemagne (768–814). The Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778 was his most significant foray.

Harpe The wielders of this Greek weapon included Kronos, Zeus, and Perseus. It was a short, curved blade with a protrusion like a sickle that was first wielded by Kronos, at Gaea's command, to murder his wicked father Ouranos.

Ame-no-Habakiri When slaying the serpent Yamata-no-Orochi, Susano-o, the Shinto deity of storms, wielded this sword. The Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters) contains the story's most popular version. The sun goddess Amaterasu, the older sister of Susano-o, was always the object of his envy. One day, in a fit of rage, he flayed a horse and tossed its body into a weaving loom before passing out on the palace floor.