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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject: Kopis style shortsword         Reply with quote



Oakeshott Type: N/a
Overall Length: 25-5/8 inches
Blade Length: 20-3/4 inches
Blade width @ Base: 2 inches
Blade Width at 'belly': 1 15/16 inches
Blade Thickness @ Base: .250 inch
Blade Thickness 3 inches from Point: .095 inch
Hilt Overall Length: 4-7/8 inches
Pommel Type: n/a
Guard Type: n/a
Center of Gravity: 5-3/8 inches from base of blade
Location of Blade Node (measured from base of blade): approx. 14-1/4 inches
Primary Hilt Node: approx. 3/4 inch from base of blade on handle
Weight: 2lbs.

Sword in the style of a Greek Kopis or early Roman Falcatta. Based on a drawing in Richard Burton's "Book of the Sword." The blade is 5160 spring steel and is differentially tempered to approx HRc58-60 st the cutting edge. The spine and tang are drawn to HRc45-48. The blase has a straight full-length distal taper makinf the sword very light and handy. The tang is the full profile of the handle. The grip scales are cross-sawn Mesquite wood and are secured with 5 brass pins. The handle works for moderately large hands but is best suited to small to medium hands. The sword will be provided with a leahter covered wooden scabbard with brass fittings.

This is the sort of sword that the Spartans might have really carried and fought with. It is also likely to be an ancestor to the famous Ghurka Kukri and possibly the Norse Scramasax. This modern interpretation of the classic design is very quick and agile in the hand and has excellent cutting power. Would be an excellent combination tool and weapon for field use, recreational cutting practice or even historic recreations.

Michael 'Tinker' Pearce
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Luke Zechman




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PostPosted: Mon 16 May, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

WOW I really like this one. I have a fascination with falcata/kopis, and this is probably the most desirable one that I have seen. Very elegant lines, and looks like a really nice chopper. Is any portion of the back sharpened? Very nice indeed.
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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Luke Zechman wrote:
Is any portion of the back sharpened? Very nice indeed.


Thanks Luke- No, the back-edge is not sharpened.
Here's the scabbard:

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May, 2011 7:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm not usually taken by designs like these but this one is superb! The handle looks a bit like an umbrella but I imagine that it would provide a really snug grip. Great sword!
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May, 2011 8:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
I'm not usually taken by designs like these but this one is superb! The handle looks a bit like an umbrella but I imagine that it would provide a really snug grip. Great sword!


With such a grip one can keep one's grip semi relaxed until just before hitting the target and not risk losing one's sword in a random direction. Big Grin Cool

Very interesting to see these rarely reproduced designs in an also high end fashion and materials and heat treat. Cool

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Michael Pearce
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PostPosted: Thu 19 May, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's the second of the three swords:



Specs are pretty close to the first sword. I have one more blade of this type in the works...

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