This is an article about short swords. For long swords, see the Longsword article
Swords, previously called Shortswords, are fast stabbing weapons and are stronger (but also slower) than daggers. It is generally a good weapon with all-round stats and isn't too expensive.
Swords aren't often used by players, as most prefer the faster scimitar or daggers. The longsword is another option, as it has identical bonuses to shortsword, but is a slashing weapon.
While the Learning the Ropes quest was available, players received a training sword (which has identical statistics to the Bronze sword), from the quest. However, with the re-introduction of the Tutorial Island, Vannaka once again supplied all new players with the bronze sword, which is kept when the player uses the Lumbridge Home Teleport spell to reach Lumbridge. Then, with the Unstable Foundations quest, players receive and use a bronze platebody, bronze sq shield and bronze sword to kill a goblin, but are unable to keep them and are required to "return" the items to Sir Vant.