Hi Sir Hugh:
I am sorry I could not get expanded pictures of the swords imbedded in this post. One was probably a Mycenaen Age "Xiphpos" such as one one have expected to see at Troy and the second is a picture of a Hanwei "medium priced "Gim" (double edged sword of the Chinese Aristocracy),
The Small pictures do neither justice and I will try again.
In any event, much as the swords you are getting are "must haves" the Movie reviewed seems like a "must see".
Moreover, I would be most interested in your analysis of the Arms, Armor and tactics of the Spartans in the movie the 300.
You might want to post it on a new thread sp that it gets a bit of readership.
To change the Subject back; the "Xiphos" shown was sent to me by Sensei Pantazi after a museum visit.
The Gim is my personal sword and is razor sharp. The Fittings are Bronze and the steel High Carbon Steel. Some might call this a Damascus Blade (or Toledo blade) because it was, I thnk, it these two cities under Islamic rule that smoths first started to equal the skill of their counterparts in the East.
Some might call it "Damascus" because of the unusual appearing patterening on the Blade, but this is simply a roduct of not polishing out the folds as might have been done on a folded steel Gim or Katana made in the Easi.