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The Ancient Khopesh Sword of the Nile

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by Archer Here, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Archer Here

    Archer Here KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 2, 2008
    One of our featured swords this week: Ancient Khopesh Sword of the Nile. Thought we’d share some pictures of it.

    Ancient Khopesh Sword of the Nile

    Shop Details:
    1095 High Carbon Spring Steel. Steel is Heat Hardened & quenched in oil. Heat Tempered @ 500 degrees for 2 hours, and letting it air cool.

    Measurements:
    Total Length = 25 ½ “
    Blade Length = 17 “
    Blade Width = 1 5/8 “
    Blade Thickness = 3/16 “
    Handle Length = 8 ½ “
    Handle Width = 1 3/8 “
    Handle: Maple & Steel
    Weight = 2.8 lbs

    Pictures below. Thanks.

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  2. northpaul

    northpaul Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 18, 2019
    That’s a beauty! I really like how the hook-like part at the bottom mirrors the top of the blade.
     
  3. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Was that type of sword very strong to withstand combat in the ancient world? With the curves I wonder if there are stress points? Just curious.
     
  4. Archer Here

    Archer Here KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 2, 2008
    I assume as popular it was in ancient times, it was great for combat. I do believe the hook on the blade was meant for pulling down your enemies shield. As far as it being tough, my blades are extremely durable. I have several durability test videos out there. Here's one:
     
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  5. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    These swords were made from bronze typically in historical contexts. Curved swords like Talwars and Sabres work fine without being weak due to stress points.

    Historically they looked like this. Just like the “viking sword” was actually ubiquitous throughout Dark Age Europe the “Egyptian Khopesh” was all over North East Africa and the Israeli/Syria Levant area.
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    @Archer Here awesome take on this bronze age sword!
     
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  6. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Thanks. Are the photos above an actual time period Khopesh?
     
  7. Archer Here

    Archer Here KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 2, 2008
    Thank you sir.
     
  8. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Yes, since they are made from bronze which does not corrode in the same way as iron based metals it is not uncommon for bronze era weapons to be in better condition than more historically recent iron or steel weapons.
     
  9. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have heard that we have lost the secret of how the ancient peoples hardened the edge of bronze, any truth to that? Were the bronze weapons able to stay sharp?
     

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