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{{Infobox weapon
|name= Side-sword
|image= [[File:Spada da Lato.jpg|x200px]]
|type= Sword
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<!-- Service history -->
|service= ca. 1450-1700
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<!-- General specifications -->
|weight= avg.  2.5 lbs. (1.1 kg)
|length= avg.  38" (96.5 cm) 
<!-- Bladed weapon specifications -->
|blade_type= Double-edged, tapered
|hilt_type= One-handed compound, with pommel
'''''Spada da lato''''' or '''side-sword''' is the Italian term for the type of [[sword]] popular during the late 16th century, corresponding to the Spanish [[espada ropera]]. It is a continuation of the medieval [[arming sword]] and in turn the predecessor of the [[rapier]] of the Early Modern period. Its use was taught in the  [[Dardi school]] of [[Italian school of fencing|Italian fencing]], influential on 17th century [[rapier]] fencing.
They were ideal for handling the mix of armored and unarmored opponents of that time.  A new technique of placing one's finger on the [[ricasso]] to improve the grip (a practice that would continue in the [[rapier]]) led to the production of hilts with a guard for the finger.  This sword design eventually led to the development of the civilian [[rapier]], but it was not replaced by it, and the side-sword continued to be used during the rapier's lifetime.
Also of note is that as rapiers became more popular, attempts were made to hybridize the blade, sacrificing the effectiveness found in each unique weapon design. These are still considered side-swords and are sometimes labeled ''sword rapier'' or ''cutting rapier'' by modern collectors.

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