This powerful-striking and supremely robust Spartan Lakonian sword from Scorpion Swords & Knives has a blade of tough and well-tempered 1095 high carbon steel with a hardness of 57 HRc. The sword is as sturdily constructed as possible with grip scales of black micarta which is brass-riveted directly to the thick steel blade tang. The sword is matched with a tough scabbard of leather with riveted construction and a slotted belt loop.
The Spartan desire for fighting with blades from 12 to 15″ long is best summed up by Nicholas Sekunda in his book “The Spartans” where he explains: The sword was probably shortened to
make it handier in the crush which ensued when the two phalanx lines met. Normal Greek swords were medium-sized cut and thrust weapons. When the spear was broken, they would normally be used overhand to slash at the head of the opponent. The sword was shortened in order to encourage the Lakedaimonian warrior to use more effective thrusting attacks at the trunk of his opponent.