This ancient weapon is believed to have been created in Egypt sometime around 2500 BC, nearly 4000 years ago. On average they had a total length of 2 feet, and were single edged. The outter edge of the curve was the the only area that would be sharpened. Early models were cast from bronze, but they were later made from iron during the New Kingdom period. Though it is a sword, the khopesh evolved from a crescent shaped axe called an epsilon. The blade has an extreme curve, but was designed so that the point would be alligned with the hilt. This allowed a user to deliver powerful cuts while still having the option to thrust. The tip was fairly blunt, so thrusts were more of a bludgeoning attack. The tip was also designed to funtion as a hook, allowing users to attempt to pry away an opponets shield or to hook an opponent's weapon. Use of the weapon died out around 1300 BC, but it is still a recognizable weapon nearly 3000 years later.
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