Can we get a YLYL thread going?
A sword won't slash through hard plate armor. And you'd have to get really crafty to get the edge to slip through the openings of the armor. Hence, you can smash and break armor with a thicker, more solid point and slam it like a hammer. Effectively being able to pierce it.
half swording is a thing anon
lindybeige is awsome, you should check him out