After reading Frank Miller’s “300”, I became interested in the ancient Spartans. I based my pattern on actual spartan swords from museum collections, not the horrible movie.


The sword was built with styrene over a steel rod with wooden grips.


You can see the full build here.

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5 Responses to Spartan Hoplite’s Sword (Xiphos)

  1. Scott says:

    Was pointed to your page by a forum when someone asked about how to make a sword… interesting process. I'm not sure if you'll see this comment, but I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of plastic (brand, type?) you used… and whether you think you'd encounter problems maintaining symmetry if you had used full-blade-sized pieces instead of sizing them in. Thanks for the tutorial! It was very interesting reading.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interesting tutorial. Excellent.

    But I must warn you that Spartans didn't have Xiphos (this sword was used by the mirmidons – light infantry) but Kopis (curved blade sword).

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is absolutely false. Spartan's did have xiphos hence the phrase to add one step to your fighting distance quote.

  4. Danny says:

    Looks awesome good work.

  5. John says:

    Strange that the Spartans didn't have the Xiphos when the monument to Leonidas erected in Sparta shows him with a Xiphos in his hand.

    The Xiphos was common to all Hoplite soldiers throughout ancient Greece. It was used by the Athenians at Marathon, by the Spartans at Thermoplylae and by the entire Greek Army at Plataea.

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