The espada ropera was a straight-bladed sword from Spain. It was the Close-Range weapon of Hernan Cortes. The espada ropera featured a long, narrow blade, with an average length of about 44 inches (112 cm). It had a single-handed swept hilt with a pommel and a cross guard. The espada ropera first appeared in Spain in the 15th Century. It was primarily a civilian weapon, used more for dueling than actual combat. The forerunner of the raiper, the espada ropera is distinguished from the rapier by its ability to cut as well as thrust. In the show, it does cut the pig's body in half all the way just like the Japanese katana, the European broadsword, and the Turkish Killij.