Spartan shield, Greek Kopis, Chinese broadsword
David Baker: "The Spartan shield is a laminate of hardwood and leather with a thin bronze skin hammered over the face. It’s carried with a hand grip and a forearm strap. The only surviving example of the Spartan shield is in the Vatican Museum--our measurements and construction guidelines came from there."
"The Kopis is the Greek horseman's sword, made with a forward angle in the blade creating a heavy cutting head. The handle wraps around the hand for a better grip. Examples of both iron and bronze blades exist."
"The Chinese broadsword is a heavy Iron Age sword with a wide fullered, or ridged, blade and usually a cast bronze handle. It’s not much for finesse, but a good chopper."
July 15, 2011 12:59 PM PDT
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| Caption by: John Scott Lewinski
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