What is a Falcata Sword?
The Falcata is an Iberian sword from pre-Roman times used in the conquest of Hispania (218 BC - 19 BC). This sword has a curved shape and its blade and its hilt are very peculiar. This elements give to these historical swords a special uniqueness that differentiates it from other swords.
Falcata Sword Features
The blade: falcata's blade have an asymmetric curved single-edged blade. It is wider near the tip and more narrow near the hilt. These characteristics imply that a blow from this sword could be fatal for the opponent. Its balance point is near the middle of the blade, something that gives a great impact power to this sword. In the same way, Falcata Sword is quite easy to handle because the blade of this weapon is not long. That kind of blade was perfect for hitting to cut but it was also very effective at thrusting.
The hilt: falcata's hilt was one of the most elaborate among the swords of its epoch. It used to have a horse or other animal design under the grip part, offering protection to warrior's hand. This kind of design gave a small advantage in hand to hand combat, because the warrior had the possibility to strike the opponent with his hand safely. On the other hand, the grip of Falcata Sword was usually made of ivory or bone.
Similar Weapons to the Falcata Sword
There are similar weapons to the Falcata Sword that have been used in different times by many ancient peoples:
- Kopis: Greek sword that is similar to the falcata. It was also used for daily tasks, such as slaughtering animals or cutting meat.
- Kukri: Nepali small machete whose shape is very similar to falcata's one. It was also used as a tool, overall around the Indian subcontinent.
The falcata is one of the most lethal weapons in history, despite being also one of the oldest. At Medieval Shop you can find different models to add to your collection.
All of them share the main features of this Iberian sword, but each model has details that make it unique. If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us.