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Classic Hoplite Sword

#500734
$224.95

This Greek Hoplite sword has a leaf shaped, high carbon steel blade. Steel guard and pommel with leather covered wood grip. Includes leather covered wood scabbard. Comes factory sharp. Overall 28-1/2".
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OVERVIEW

Circa 5th Century BC
The Greek Hoplite was a tough, effective citizen-soldier and was ferocious in defense of his home city. A leaf shaped blade such as the one on this sword, circa the 5th century BC, was quite popular throughout the ancient world.

This version is based on many illustrations and excavated examples. Features include steel guard and pommel with leather-covered wood grip and high carbon steel blade. Includes leather-covered wood scabbard. This is one of the finest of the ancient world's weapons. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts and comes factory sharp.

SPECIFICATIONS

Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length28-1/2"
Blade Length22"
Blade Width2-1/8"
Blade Thickness3/16"
Weight2lbs/4oz
Grip Length4-1/8"
Material1065 High Carbon Steel
EdgeFactory Sharpened
EngravingAvailable

REVIEWS

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The Real Thing
Factory Sharpened & how, I still managed to nick my thumb even past all their careful warning & packing just grabbing this out of the Box when it came, these are for real with the rest of the cutlery upholding every gracious classical standards for bloody murder down the ages, & popular as ever among common hazards to leave ourselves lying about the house except in proper Scabbard where it belongs.

Then our Care Instruction has given how Sword ought not to be kept in Scabbard as   Wood & Leather absorb moisture as may rust the Blade -- well minding this (& care for all our Materials as well & anyhow) I soaked some Tung Oil down the channel to saturate my Wood from the inside out, some Saddle Oil to penetrate my Leather from the outside in, & our Windlass Rustblocker to directly protect our Blade whomever we might find to stick it, all between this Oil & that Oil what more could be done.

Instruction further instructive on the difference between real & theatrical Swordplay & common sense once brought to us, take it on the Flat for all our fend & parry, & save the Edge to its finer uses, why would anybody show off wrong.  [Better men in realer ages knew how to respect these things & wisely did all their learning & practice with Wood, when I am a better man a better man can tell me, then shall we have enough respect to mess about with the Wood, or we ain't got enough respect to mess about with the Wood, well here just for that we're gonna get some Wood.]

[All my good Period Weapons are proudly from India, all my good wooden Chess Pieces are from India, all my good cast resin erotic Statuary comes from India, you want Craftsmanship any more that isn't prohibited by the wage scales of earlier industrialized societies this is where we go.]  Quality materials, solid construction, fits perfect, 5 Stars entirely.

- Mad Dog Dave 18 Feb 2022
- David, February 18, 2022 | Verified Purchase
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Not historically accurate
This sword while well mad is not a historically accurate Xiphos.

The guard lacks the scabbard indent and is a modern guard. The handle is leather covered and not light wood as the originals. The scabbard is missing the chape and accurate molded locket to the guard.

The sword is nice but it is a modern interpretation of a xiphos.
- Codex, August 24, 2021
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Short and Sharp!
An ancient Greek based blade. The cutting and even thrusting power of this sword is not to be underestimated! The balance is superb, even in my inexperienced hands!
- Joel, April 04, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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Great little blade!
This blade is exactly what I had hoped it would be. It is well balanced and quick in the hand. Everything is tight and solid.
- Dan, January 23, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Good Blade Poor Scabbard
The Sword its self is very satisfactory.  it has the heft and feel of a functional short sword.  I have a friend that collects artifact quality pieces from the mid evil era in Europe.  it compares quite well.  of course all the steal is of much higher quality with the modern version and actually having a grip that has not decayed with age is a real plus. However the scabard it comes with leaves a bit to be desired.  paper thin leather simply glued to the light wood of the scabard?  the brass adornments are nice and add to the look but do little to endear the rest of the construction.  they look and feel like hollow brass thumb pins pushed into the leather and wood.  the raw opening for the sword to enter the scabbard has no protection to keep the leather in place.  a brass cap holding things in place would be both accurate to the era the sword came from and improve the scabbards durability.  since the scabbard is a big part of this purchase (it is what you will see most after all)  I can only give this a three star review.
- John, December 24, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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Well enough, I suppose.
The blade is well made and the steel of good quality my problem is with the grip/ handle. Frankly I am not concerned with the inaccuracy of the styling or synthetic leather my problem is that it is loose! Most of the Windlass blades are well peened (though I would prefer them using a peening block), but this sword has a hidden, hopefully full, tang  with an unknown securing method, the grip moves approximately five degrees when practicing or swinging. As I was planning on using this as a live steel reenactment piece one might see the dilemma. I am a bit disappointed that I had to secure the grip using epoxy and hope that it holds up, this is not my first Windlass sword and I was a bit chagrined at this lack of durability and oversight as the Mediaeval swords I have purchased are more than adequate.
- Adam, October 13, 2018
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Thank you very much for your review! We do apologize, however, for your issue with the hilt. Although every sword is handmade by master blacksmiths, occasionally slight variations during the fit and finish of the pieces lead to things like that. We always strive to improve our battle ready swords and I will be sure that this review gets addressed in future production.
- MRL Team
Great Hoplite Sword
First sword I ever bought from MR. Always wanted a Greek sword of this type and not disappointed. Great quality and good feel in the hand. Sharpening quality very good also.
- Steven, September 19, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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I just got My New Hoplite Sword Yesterday and it was perfect in EVERY detail, and Razor Sharp. Fantastic Sword! Great Value!
- Paul, February 18, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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I love this sword! Like the Roman gladius, this one is a jack-of-all-trades weapon. Strong enough to withstand some really heavy blows, and reasonably light to deliver consecutive strikes and thrusts.

The only downside I can say is that the hilt and pommel are not covered by leather, and so they require almost daily oiling to prevent them from rusting, more so than the blade itself. Also, make sure you are wearing gloves while using it, as your hand could end up sliding towards the hilt or pommel, wearing them down.

But nonetheless, this is an excellent weapon for beginners as it has much of the strength of the Viking sword without being bulky, and much of the speed of a Rapier without being fragile
- David, August 22, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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- Dan, January 12, 2013 | Verified Purchase
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I have had this sword for quite a while an have put it through more then any sword now days has probably been through i have no complaints about it but i would suggest to Windlass Steelcrafts to make their swords that are longer then 30" thicker then 3/16.
- Micah, May 17, 2011
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- Heather, July 24, 2010 | Verified Purchase
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