There’s a company called Traditional Filipino Weapons that makes high-quality Filipino and Chinese style swords for the US market. Lately they’ve been branching out into Western style swords such as this fearsome Crusader Sword with a 32” blade.
Check them out, you can probably save on the shipping cost by having their Filipino bladesmith send the sword direct to you, instead of getting it from their stock in the US.
Crossbows are excellent alternatives when rifles are unobtainable. In fact they hold some advantages over rifles, namely reusable ammo and relatively quiet operation.
Modern technology has made crossbows more powerful, accurate and lighter than their medieval ancestors. A single crossbow bolt traveling at 300 feet per second could generate over 100 foot pounds of impact energy, which would easily penetrate the ribcage of a human being.
Also, take a look at the broadheads pictured above. Those things are going to create more massive wounds than a tiny rifle bullet.
It depends on the use. Generally, the edge types will involve a trade off between sharpness and durability.
1) Hollow Grind,
2) Flat Grind (AKA Scandi Grind)
3) Sabre Grind
4) Chisel Grind
5) Double bevel Grind
6) Convex Grind (AKA Axe Grind)
1 is the sharpest and least durable, 2 is a little less sharp, but a little more durable, and so on all the way to no. 6, which is the least sharp, but most durable.
Edges 1, 2 and 3 prioritize sharpness over durability. These kinds of edges will need to be re-sharpened often.
You’ll find these edges on blades used for self-defense, or for skinning or preparing game - where precise slicing cuts are required.
Edges 4, 5 and 6 prioritize durability over sharpness. They are not as sharp, but do not need frequent re-sharpening. You’ll find these edges on hard-use tools such as chisels, axes, and machetes, where batoning, hacking and chopping cuts are required.
If by “general use” you mean you will use your knife as a bushcraft or outdoor tool, then edges 4 to 6 will serve you well. If you mean hunting, food preparation or self-defense, then edges 1-3 will be ideal.