In the original Rune, a lot of players
mainly liked the Dwarf Work Sword. This
two handed weapon they felt was the
best in the game.
Other players avoided the game because
they thought the weapons were too uneven.
But the one handed weapons had a faster
melee/swinging rate. Also with a one
handed weapon, using a shield gave you
more damage control.
Some of the death match maps made by players
might have lacked ease of shield replenishment.
So the one handed weapons seemed weaker because
either players did not swing the weapons fast enough
or played with 1 handed weapons without using shields.
Glad to see that both weapon types are available
in Rune Ragnarok with much improved single handed
weapons and beefier shields.