The Sword is a melee weapon in ARK: Survival Evolved. It can be used whilst equipping a shield in the off-hand, making it very useful in hand-to-hand combat. The Sword does much more damage than the Wooden Club (5), Spear (30) and the Pike (55). This damage is comparable to the Crossbow (95), although it is a Melee weapon.
Attack Speed is about 1.9 attacks per second, giving the weapon a very high DPS of 171 damage per second against unarmored targets. Although this is nearly three times as high as the DPS of the pike, the Sword lacks in range and knockback capabilities. It is also unlocked at level 30.
Notes / Trivia
Because it lacks knock back and has a high swing speed, the sword is great for fighting larger dinosaurs that would otherwise survive the lower dps of the pike which could potentially kill you. Surprise them while they are distracted and land a few hits, if you don't kill them outright kite them into other dinosaurs so you can land a few more hits while they fight amongst each other. The sword is a very effective tool for breaking doors. They do high damage, but their durability drops very quickly. This can come in handy when raiding stone bases.
Despite the description mentioning a hotter flame being required, the sword is crafted in the Smithy, like other metal tools. This possibly references a scrapped crafting station.
The Meat-Sword visible in the mutated survivor costume cannot be equipped even if you equip a normal sword.