Is a shardblade really that useful?
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So, it has been mentioned in The Way of Kings that a shardblade is worth entire kingdoms. Now, I know that a shardeblade is quite dangerous compared to a normal sword, but, does it really provide such an overwhelming advantage on it's own? They're long, giving a reach advantage over most enemies, they can't be broken, stolen, or lost, and they can cut through almost anything as if passing through water. However, a shardblade alone would not be enough to stop a few well trained individuals surrounding you, or a well placed arrow or bullet, or save you from a poisoned drink. Shardplate, despite being less invested (we can assume this because Sanderson said that it would be slightly more difficult to push on a shardblade than shardplate as a coinshot), is a different story altogether, but that's not what this post is about.
The amount of investiture held within a shardblade is tremendous, but it seems to me that it accomplishes less than other lesser sources of investiture, such as the Bands of Mourning. What are your guys' thoughts on this?
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