Oddball goofy sword question


July 31, 2008, 02:16 PM
The blades used in 300, look functional, short enough to carry out of the way, and if a little weird looking, might make an interesting backpack backup. Just an odd thought, wouldn't know where to find a functional version anyway - what do you think? Loved the movie, even if it only had a passing brush with actual history.:rolleyes:

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The Tourist
July 31, 2008, 02:21 PM
As odd as this may be, the company I rep for carries the sword, but also the cloak, the helmet and the shield.

A word to the wise, they are expensive. "You're not going to like it, and it is going to last a long time."

July 31, 2008, 02:22 PM
I think you should check out Himalayan Imports for real swords, many of which look very cool, at bargain prices.

Hell, I've got a 21" kukuri, never used, I'll sell you for $100 shipped, if you want it.


July 31, 2008, 02:24 PM
300 Spartan Sword, Museum Replicas Limited. (http://www.museumreplicas.com/museumreplicas/detail.aspx?ID=1532)

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 31, 2008, 03:28 PM
There's a lot for sale - dunno how strong/functional:





Here's an article on this very topic:

JS, which kukri is that - you got a picture?

July 31, 2008, 04:52 PM
Looks like a Hollywood stylized falcatta. You might be more impressed with a real falcatta or a large kukri in terms of chopping ability.


July 31, 2008, 05:06 PM
It looks to be essentially a falchion derived from a falcatta.

The single edged falchion was commonly issued to archers and other troops in medieval times because its a slashy, hacky kinda weapon that doesn't require a great deal of finesse to be effective, but can be very effective indeed.

If that's the style of blade you're after there are several falchions being manufactured by various makers ... many of the blades are quite functional. Of a different style but in the same vein is the Cold Steel Grosse Messer (Big Knife) which looks to be quite a formidable piece of steel (as long as you can get past the marketing hype).

You might find the sword buyers guide webpage of some help.


July 31, 2008, 07:38 PM
The Spartan swords in the movie 300 were kopis (chopper) or makhaira (big knife) (the two terms are almost interchangeable), wrought-iron blades which were closely based on cast bronze designs that pre-dated them by half a millennium. They were brute-force weapons, dealing both crushing and cleaving damage.

They are the grandfathers of the falcatta, the kukri, bolos, and all that sort of blades.

Picturesque, and useful as well.

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