This time I cannot agree with you totally my friend. I am posting several pictures of sword shapes and type that would have been used by Greek Phalangites and Macedonian and Successor Phalangite.
It IS quite true that the sword was not the primary weapon of the Phalangite, their "Swords" ab initio, if you will, would have been the broad razor sharp front head of the double ended "Dory", ie: a sword at the end of an eight foot shaft..
In Macedoninian practice, the point of the Sarissa longer (up t 14 feet) was point was fuirther out in front of the phalangite than was the case with the standard Greek Hoplite sach as those that Phillips' troops would have fought at Charonea (Number one) .
The Sarissa needed two hands to control and the Macedonian and Successor Phalangite's Sarissa's sheilds were lashed to their left arms.
I'll post the various sword shapes first.
You will note that the first sword is literally "Sting" from the Lord of the Rings.
The second was merely labeled a a Spartan Phalangite sword.
Although Greek Swordsmanship was NOT up to the standard of a legionary, it was not unseen in actual practice, especially among the "Normal" Phalanxs from other Greek States in service with Alexanders Army.
The "Kopis" i beleive was primaraily the secondary arm of the Macedonian Companion Cavalry. It's name comes from the Egyptian sword "Kopesh" or sickle sword, although they were not reallyl similar.
One might surmise that, somehow, that not only did the Kopis serve with the Companion Cavarly, but perhaps with Macedonian Officers as well.
Also, the basic shape seems to have migrated and re evolved (again form follows function) in the shape of the knife/sword shape of the Nepalese Khukri.
Note that neither the Dory of the Thermopylaen Era Spartan Hoplite Nor the Sarissisa of the Macedonian Phalangite were ever thrown (more than a few feet) they were just not built for Thatl
The Dory of the Greek Phalangite could have been wielded overhand (most likely) or sometimes underhanded.
The Sarissa would always have been handled in two hand underhand thrusts, as in many bo forms such a "Tokumine no Kun".
The Sarissa appears to have had a more narrow Panetrating point and I do not think it was meant to just be a shaft with a "cut and slash" blade on the end. I beleive it was intended to penetrate, and if you have done "Bo" forms such as Tokumine, you will know the incredible power that can be generated by such double thrusts.
So, the Phalangite could and did occasionally drop his spear and defend himself or go on the attack (such as in the case when his spear was shattered, although in the case of the Dory, the other end could still have been used.
The Word Entymology dictionary completely misses the mark when naming the source for the word for the "dory" which was a double ended fishing rowboat ot the Northeast.
The Dictionary mentioned refers to a type of Mosquito.
I guess they had a different reading list and upbringing.
Nick Secunda has Printed an article on greek swordsmanship, and although it is clear is was not the first choice of the Phalangite ((aka Hoplite) the sword was used.
You can look up and print out his article on "Greek Swordmanship" or, as I said, wait for me to distill it down a bit.