What's the best hand to hand weapon? I have this imported Katana. Very sharp, very deadly, and I've managed to cleanly slice apples thrown at me without self harm. However, I doubt it's the best weapon to use in a medieval times. It's very difficult to use one handed. Suppose you're going to be fighting in an open field against thousands. The field is packed and you pretty much hit anything within your arm reach. What would be the weapon of choice? One hand+shield or two handed? I would think a nice double bladed axe and a wooden shield would fair better than army with katanas.