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Off the shelf Greek gear...
Topic Started: Dec 1 2017, 08:18 PM (97 Views)
J. Viriato
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What do the Greek reenactors in this board think of some of the weapon and armour pieces offered by Kult of Athena? I am on a budget but interested in getting a xiphos and a some javelins. Should I bother? Thoughts appreciated. Thank you
Edited by J. Viriato, Dec 1 2017, 08:19 PM.
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Matthew Amt
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Well, this xiphos is excellent, since I made the prototype for them:

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH4236&name=Greek+Xiphos

It's basically the only off-the-shelf commercial piece that is good right out of the box. There's supposed to be a short version of it, too, but it doesn't seem to be available, yet. Their Alfedena and Campovolano swords aren't all *that* bad, but based on Italian examples rather than Greek, and they have icky lugs for suspension rings. Probably heavy blades, too, not sure.

The kopis is decent, too, but for some reason they're selling it with a crap leather sheath-thingy instead of the good wood scabbard that they sent with the sample I got.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH4237H&name=Greek+Kopis
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH4237W&name=Greek+Kopis+with+Wood+Grip

The Arms and Armor Greek javelins are fine.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AA227&name=Arms+%26+Armor+Greek+Javelin

If you want a dory, they've got a good buttspike,

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=SNAW1120&name=Greek+Brass+Sauroter+Spear+Buttcap

I prefer their Small Spearhead, but the larger one is still in the ballpark. Both very cheap, forged with split sockets.

http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=1823092900&name=Small+Spear+Head
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=1823092800&name=Spear+Head

I'd pretty much avoid anything other weapon labelled "Greek" on that site! There's a LOT of garbage out there.

That get you started? Christmas is coming, but you'll need a longer stocking, ha!

Matthew
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J. Viriato
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Thank you Matt.

Btw do you know of any Greek living history units in New England?
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Matthew Amt
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Hoo, I really don't. George Marcinek may still be active in New York, but the best unit around is Christian Cameron's Taxis Plataion--I think you've already found their (rather quiet) discussion board? Oh, there's an International Hoplite Discussion Facebook page, if you're a Facebooker,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/371006729578270/

But hoplite groups are pretty rare compared to Romans, unfortunately, and Bronze Age reenactors are basically 6 or 8 individuals scattered around the continent.

And you're welcome! Always happy to help if I can. And Deepeeka is SUPPOSED to be coming out with a shield, spolas, more helmets, a really nice spearhead, etc., just haven't seen it all yet.

Matthew
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