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For the following comparisons the weapon-user has 100 Weapon Skill, 100 Stamina, 100 Tactics, 100 Anatomy and 100 Strength, and the weapons are of exceptional quality. The defender has 0 Weapon Skill and thus will be damaged every hit, furthermore the defender has no armor.
It is worth noting, that on this shard, the longer you have been Grandmaster crafter, the more damage your exceptional weapons will do. Do note that Violent Beard was the first GM Blacksmith and his shop is to the right of the Yew moongate.
Average damage per hit
* Macing weapons had damage upgraded in May 2011 patch -- table has not yet been updated.
Swordsmanship Weapons in the above tables are bold formated.
As seen in the table above, the Halberd is only beaten by the Heavy Crossbow, which in return is much slower and thus deals less than half the damage per second as the Halbert. This abilities make the Halberd that popular in PvP, where the heavy hit after a combination of spells often means death to the opponent. One-Handed weapons do significantly less damage per hit than two-handeds do, yet they allow to equip a shield in the other hand. In this category the mace weapons are slightly better than the sword weapons.
Average damage per second
|Rank||Weapon||Max Hit||Av Dmg/Hit||Av Dmg/Sec|
|1||Short Spear (2-H)||34.2||20.90||13.93|
Swordsmanship weapons in the above table are bold formated.
The table above shows that the swordsmanship weapons aren't dealing a very high damage per second. They're clearly topped by the fencing weapons, which do a low damage per hit, but still the highest damage per second, due to their high hit-speed. The Broadsword and the Cutlass are the best swordsmanship weapons as for damage per hit and thus the swordsmanship weapons of choice if it's for killing monsters, where a surprising hard hit within a combo isn't relevant. The Halberd however is a pretty bad choice for PvM, dealing 18% less overall damage than the Broadsword and even 30% less than the Short Spear.
This information courtesy of Slayerik, from the Swordsmanship page.