Iberian Falcata Silver

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The falcata is a steel sword originating from Iberia prior to the Roman conquest. Praised by the Romans for its cutting capacity and flexibility. Zamak hilt with silver finish and grip decorated with faux ivory. Stainless steel blade.

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Length60 cm.
Weight1,5 kg.
MaterialStainless steel
ManufactureMade in Toledo

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The Falcata Iberica is one of the most important swords of the Iberian culture. It is an elegant weapon made of iron in the shape of a saber and wide, curved and asymmetrical blades. Due to the importance of this weapon, falcata has a great historical journey. Therefore, it is important to know some aspects related to it. For example, its origins, its structural and decorative composition or how it was used in combat.


What is the Origin of the Iberian Falcata?


The origin of the falcata goes back to the Balkan coasts of the Adriatic Sea. This one expanded until Italy and Greece, where it was able to obtain a great success. In the case of Greece, the falcata was related to the weapons of the barbarians. Some scholars of the Iberian arms and this in particular, argue that this weapon reached the Iberian world from the Italic world. It was in the Iberian culture where falcata was modified considerably.


In this way, the falcata is not a simple copy of other swords like the machaira. But it is a new sword inspired by the latter. The first falcatas that were found in the Iberian Peninsula have their date in the fifth century BC. C. And they were there at least until the 1st. C. However, falcatas have been found in other regions. As for example, Andalusia. This confirms that it is a typical weapon of the ancient contestants and Bastetans.


How is the Manufacture and Decoration of this Weapon?


The falcatas were made with three sheets of iron, since they were welded together by applying heat. The center plate was wider than the other two. Its hilt was covered with bits of bone. Therefore, they are not preserved over time and history. The handle was turned on itself in order to protect the hand of those who wielded it. And on many occasions it had the shape of a horse or a bird.


The falcata was decorated with silver threads, joining them to the leaves using a hammer. Another technique of decoration that was used was the incrustation of metallic platelets, adjusting them also with a hammer. The shape of the decorative elements, as well as their position, suggests that there were not many workshops in those areas where this type of weapon was found. For example, Southeast and High Andalusia.


How was Falcata Iberica used in Combat?


The Falcata Ibérica is a heavy sword that has the capacity to strike deadly blows to its victims. This weapon was kept in a leather case that was reinforced with an iron frame. This case had a rope with which the warrior hung his sword on his shoulder horizontally thanks to some rings. This facilitated the movement of the fighter and also allowed the weapon to be easily removed from the holster.


In this case you could also save a knife with a curved blade. This is used as a multifunction knife. In short, the Falcata Iberica was a great weapon to be used in combat. Well, it had a lot of functions and capabilities. Despite this, the most effective weapon in combat was the spear. It is the most effective offensive weapon in combat, it was very useful to fight against cavalry.

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    Unai M. published the 22/05/2019 following an order made on 23/04/2019

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    Producto bonito y bien acabado.

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