5. the Khopesh. This sword made it’s way from the Middle East to Egypt by way of barbarians. This sword is remarkable because it is the first actual or close to the first actual sword the Western half of the ancient world has ever known. Before this sword, long blades were considered impractical because the metals in use at the time weren’t really strong enough to sustain a blade past a certain length. The aforementioned barbarians worked around this by narrowing the blade of a battle axe and lengthening it along the shaft like so. The Egyptians were taken by the design and experimented with it until they had a beast of a weapon that could replace a dagger, a axe and a spear at close work.
The sword itself is 20 to 24 inch in length and typically made of bronze. I love the contrast between the straight unsharpened neck and the beautiful sharp curve. The handle is perfectly shaped for any type of slashing work.
4. The Jian. This is a gentleman’s sword meant more for duels between kings and generals rather than for soldier’s work, centuries before that refined notion occurred to the West. It is unashamedly a specialist weapon. It lacks the cut and slash of a katana or a longsword and doesn’t have the brute force of a gladius, but like the rapier centuries later, in the right hands it is a singing avatar of death. Able to swiftly yet delicately open small almost bloodless wounds but penetrate deep into a opponent’s body, causing the spirit to escape and the shell to maintain dignity and composure as the last flicker of light goes out in their eyes.
The sword is typically has a straight double edged (although tapered very slightly to the point) blade 28 inches long composed of a rigid core of hard steel and a shell of softer steel sharpened and polished until it catches sunlight most radiantly. The handle is made of fluted wood or rayskin.
3. The Dane Axe. Something of a misnomer, since the general style of this axe was common all throughout Northern Europe, this is weapon of bearded northern warriors sworn to fight and die beside their chieftain. The stuff of nightmares for Southern Europe and the Near East, these weapons developed like the warriors who wielded them, from simple and rugged farming and hunting equipment to vicious close quarter killers that sent limbs flying and blood gushing in great gouts and rivulets.
The axe is varied based on who built it and why, but some generalities can be drawn. A single handed axe had a ash or oak handle about 17 inches long with a cutting edge about four inches long. They were often “bearded” with a flared edge so that they could catch shields and yank them aside. Two handed axes were 4 to 5 feet long, again made of ash or oak, and had a cutting edge of 8 to 12 inches, again flared but not usually as sharply a one handed axe.
2. The Longsword. Ah, the longsword! Until weebos overtook the culture, this is what people knew what a sword looked like! What can I say about the longsword, it’s name conjuring up images of knights striding forth punishing lawbreakers, rescuing damsels, and liberating holy places and treasure from Saracens and Moors? A symbol of authority and with enough steel to back it up.
The longsword is a varied beast but some things can be generalized. The blade is around 33 inches and is made of whatever the smith decides to make it out of. There have been many cheap swords that have rusted away to nothingness and some very fine swords made from Toledo steel that cut as well today as they did hundreds of years ago. On personal note, I blame Kurosawa for displacing the longsword in popular imagination.
1.The Gladius. Because you expected something different from an out loud and proud romanophile. The gladius has a Greek mother in the Xiphos and a Celto-Iberian father in the La-Tene type sword. The romans fought like they f****ed, with short powerful thrusts that split the opponent in twain. It can also be used for slashing, if the opportunity arose, and when paired with a shield is damned near unstoppable.
The typical gladius comes in two variations. The early pattern of the Republic was a double edged broad leaf shaped blade 21 inches in length and 2.75 inches in width. The latter, double edged parallel pattern of the Empire was shorter at 17 inches until the Legates threw their hands up and acquiesced their auxiliaries demand for a longer sword. The width of the later pattern remained a constant 1.97 inches.
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