Posts Tagged ‘Greek’

Corinthian Steel: Much better than Corinthian leather…

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

OK so this is probably not a fair comparison, since the original “soft Corinthian Leather” touted by Ricardo Montalban in the 70’s Chrysler ads were not actually made in Corinth, Greece, but New Jersey. But that’s not the point. The point is… at the tip of this unique Corinthian sword design… OK, ok, so that was a bad pun. Sue me.  😛  :

Corinthian War Sword

Corinthian War Sword
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Now this is a cool war sword. And I’m not just saying that. This design has a few unique features that make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. while I like the shape fo the blade, with it’s relatively straight lines and very strong point design, all of the design magic starts at the hilt, or more specifically, the ricasso.

This sword, similar to one I blogged about recently, also sports an encased ricasso design. The ricasso surround possesses contours that are very reminiscent of a corinthian helmet. This shell continues into the curved claw like guards lat look as if they are riveted in place on either side of the ricasso, for a very interesting effect. If you look at it just right, it looks like the ricasso and guard combine to form a horned Corinthian helm! Or it could just be my imagination…

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The guard tops a wood grip, with a single steel ring set at it’s middle, and is capped with an equally unique pommel. But perhaps the most interesting design feature of this sword is the steel strip that runs the length of the hilt, which seems to have been riveted in place, from just above the ricasso, through the guard, again to the ring at the center of the grip, and finally down to the pommel. A very interesting design feature indeed.

While that steel strip looks cool, I can’t help but wonder how it would affect the feel of the weapon, were it to be used in combat. It doesn’t look like it is actually riveted to the grip, just to the steel rings, but still, wood grips are there for a reason. Handling heavy steel weapons without the benefit of a slightly softer grip material is murder on the hands. Trust me. I’ve tried it. And it’s not fun. Every impact gets transmitted directly to your fingers. And the way that steel strip is attached, I can totally see it completely obliviating the impact absorption abilities of the wood grip.

But then again, as usual, I’m being a dweeb, and attempting to evaluate a display sword on the merits of it’s combat practicality. Just ignore me. It’s a cool sword, and I love it’s aesthetics. Even if I’d never go into battle with this particular sword… 😛

Corinthian War Sword – [Heavenly Swords]

The combat spear…

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Today we have yet another treat from the infamous movie “300”. I present to you the signature polearm of the Spartan army, the long spear:

“300” Spartan Warrior Spear

300 Spartan Spear

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Now some people underestimate the power of the spear. People look at it and say, “Well yes, it’s cool for throwing, and for distance attacks, but beyond that it’s useless. Not so. It has it’s drawbacks, yes, but in the hands of a skilled warrior, a spear can be just as deadly as a sword. People don’t realize how functionally flexible a spear can really be.

Besides the obvious advantage of being a good projectile weapon, a spear at full length is a great distance thrusting tool. the fact that a spear was usually used with both hands meant a skilled warrior could be both fast and accurate with their strikes. And while a spear was more or less it useless for slashing, depending on it’s design it could also be used much like a staff weapon. Once you got it spinning, it could be used to deliver some serious blunt trauma. And if grasped at half length it could be used like a short thrusting spear/sword.

Interestingly, in the Movie “300” we are treated to numerous sequences where the long spear is shown used to it’s maximum advantage. In large numbers, an army armed with spears could keep even mounted, well armored attackers at bay quite efficiently. And even in one on one combat, a spear can be quite the effective stand off tool, keeping an opponent at “spears length”, as it were, and making their supposedly “faster” close in weapon, like an axe or a sword, useless.

And lets not forget also, that unlike a sword, a spear is much easier to throw, and the ability to engage the enemy at long distances was a big advantage to a spear wielding combatant. Given also that the amount of steel that was needed for a spear was usually only a small fraction of that used for a sword, you could make many more spears with the same amount of steel.

300 Spartan Warrior Spear

300 Spartan Warrior Spear
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All of these factors combined are what made the spear such a flexible, formidable battlefield weapon. But besides all of that, I just happen to like this spear because its got that really mean looking, sharp point, it actually comes apart, and as we all know, flexibility is golden when it comes to weapons like these. And of course, being spartan, this one has that “Don’t mess with me, I’m Spartan…” look…

But ultimately, and most importantly, while most other spears are of light colored woods and chrome, this one is all black… You can’t beat that with… anything. No wonder the Spartans were so full of WIN! 🙂

“300” Spartan Warrior Spear – [True Swords]

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