In this class we will explore the use and fighting style of the Egyptian Khopesh, from 3rd millennium BCE – 1300 BCE. The curvature of the blade made it stronger and the thick blade gave it extra cutting power for dismembering exposed limbs. Another use of the curve was to hook an opponent’s arm or weapon and then jerk it to unbalance or disarm them. The curve was also useful for thrusting around shields. The sharp tip of the blade would easily slide around the shield and into the arm or any body part that was hiding behind the shield. That ability alone is enough to make the Khopesh design one of the most lethal ever used against shielded opponents.