Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! A few years ago I noticed some movie characters wearing their swords on their backs. Conan, Blade & the girl with the katana from The walking dead to name a few. I didn't think anything about it until a couple days ago, I tried it. It was a full sized sword & I found it impossible to draw. My arms are too short for the blade to clear the scabbard. This leads me to the question: were swords ever worn in this way or is this just some creation of Hollywood. For the costume designer, it is a cooler look and for the fight choreographer you can get better shots because the sheath is not in the way, but in the real world did people ever wear their swords like this? BTW this is the most idle of idle questions & if you don't know please don't put in any effort to discovering the answer. Just curious.