Torches in Soul Reaver 2 were presumably based on the Torches seen in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, with a similar appearance and similar moves, animations and attributes to their Soul Reaver predecessors.[SR1] Notably the Soul Reaver 2 torches are unable to be re-used or reignited which lessens their overal usefulness.
Like many of the weapons in Soul Reaver 2, Torches are not explicitly named in-game. In many guides and sources, weapons are divided by generally into one- or two-handed weapons, or into general weapon families(with the torches given their own unique one-handed variant class).
Torches are labelled as "hndtrch" in game files.[SR2] The game manual and Prima guide both refer to them as "torches".