| This carefully wrought short sword is preternaturally well-balanced, making it much easier for even inexperienced handlers to attack with it quickly.
"He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword...
-Julia Ward Howe, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". 1861
The quick blade is the fastest weapon in the game, and the only weapon which can reach an unhasted attack delay of 3 without a speed brand. As such, a quick blade with a pain, electrocution, or (if you're feeling bold) distortion brand is a very effective vehicle for damage, especially when coupled with high slaying bonuses. However, in the absence of stabbing opportunities or slaying bonuses, quickblade damage against high-AC late game opponents is underwhelming. While the quick blade deals less damage than a rapier, its combination of average damage, high speed and high accuracy make it the deadliest short blade.
If you haven't had luck acquiring a quick blade with a useful brand, consider learning Warp Weapon or Excruciating Wounds. These spells temporarily replace your weapon's current brand with distortion or pain, respectively, and allow for phenomenal damage output very quickly. Both require significant training in Charms and either Translocations or Necromancy, however.
Quick blades are rare, and are most commonly obtained by way of Trog and Okawaru's weapon acquirements. Failing this, a character with Short Blades skill will often receive one upon reading a scroll of acquirement. Deep elf blademasters have a 1/26 chance of receiving twin quick blades; since there are two blademasters guaranteed in the Elf:3 treasure vault, an Elf run has a chance slightly under 1/13 of producing quick blades. Some of the more powerful spriggans also carry them on occasion. They can be found on the ground at deeper dungeon levels, often with good enchantments, but rarely branded.
|Axes||Battleaxe • Broad axe • Executioner's axe • Hand axe • War axe|
|Bows||Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)|
|Crossbows||Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)|
|Maces & Flails||Club • Demon whip • Dire flail • Eveningstar • Flail • Giant club • Giant spiked club • Great mace • Mace • Morningstar • Rod • Sacred scourge • Whip|
|Long Blades||Demon blade • Double sword • Eudemon blade • Falchion • Great sword • Long sword • Scimitar • Triple sword|
|Polearms||Bardiche • Demon trident • Glaive • Halberd • Scythe • Spear • Trident • Trishula|
|Short Blades||Dagger • Quick blade • Rapier • Short sword|
|Slings||Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)|
|Staves||Lajatang • Magical staff • Quarterstaff|
|Throwing||Blowgun (Needle) • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net • Tomahawk|