The khopesh was a curved sickle-shaped Egyptian sword from the Bronze Age that originated from crescent-shaped Mesopomatic battle axes. The khopesh was already used around 2500 BC, around that time the first image of the khopesh can be seen on the Vulture Stele, which depicts the Sumerian king Eannatum of Lagash. Around the 16th century BC he khopesh was the most popular weapon in Ancient Egypt. The blade of a khopesh was on average 50-60 cm long. The khopesh was versatile in use, the curvature of the blade was used to block the enemy's arm or his shield shield and it was a very effective weapon in close combat. The khopesh was initially made of bronze, but from the sixteenth century BC. it was made of iron. The sword probably also had a religious function, because Egyptian pharaohs are depicted with a khopesh on murals in tombs (for example, the tomb of Tutankhamun from the fourteenth century BC). The sword fell out of use around 1300-1200 BC, but is still mentioned on the Rosetta stone.
This khopesh has a blade of EN45 spring steel with a black finish and a brass snake coils over the entire length of the blade. The hilt has brass decorations with a lacquered wooden grip. The brass fitting just below the hilt shows two snakes whose heads rest on the beginning of the hilt, with water between them. The rest of the hilt has geometric motifs, and on top of the hilt is a Uraeus, a raised cobra. For the Egyptians this was a symbol of royal and divine authority, and was also associated with life after death. This khopesh, with its beautiful decorations and references to the Egyptian art, is a great piece for collectors.
Material: EN45 steel blackened, wood, brass
Length: 75 cm
Blade thickness: 1 mm (semi-sharp), for decoration only
Blade length: 54 cm
Hilt length: 20 cm (grip approx. 9 cm)
Max. blade width: 9,5 cm
Point of balance: approx. 12 cm below cross-guard
Weight: 2,3 kg
Delivery without scabbard
Based on a historical original
Transport weight (gram): 3000 *
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This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your weapons regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper. Remove burrs with a whetstone. Make sure you have removed all burrs before using a battle-ready weapon, as they can cause wounds.
This item is semi-sharp and designed for decorative purposes. It can be made razor sharp at a surcharge. When using the sharpening service, the return right and warranty expires. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.
The blade of this sword can be blunted (2,5-3 mm) at a surcharge. Please note: although the thickness will be the same as a battle-ready sword, the return right and warranty expires when using the blunting service. Please contact us if you wish to use the blunting service, or make a note at the last step of your shiopping cart. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.
Tip: How to adjust the finish of your armour and weaponry
Luxurious (polished)- polish the steel with metal polish or toothpaste. You can even give the item a mirror-like polish. Test on a small surface first!
Handmade (matte)- soak the steel in cola for 40 minutes to 20 hours. Check regularly and treat with black sandpaper.
Antique (patinated) leave the steel to rust for some time in a damp environment, preferably outside. Remove the red layer of rust, to reveal the corroded top layer.
Please note. After finishing the product yourself, the warranty and return right expire. Celtic WebMerchant is not responsible for the obtained result."