The rhomphaia was a close-combat bladed weapon used by the Thracians as early as 350-400 BC.
Rhomphaias were weapons with a straight or slightly curved single-edged blade attached to a pole, which in most cases was considerably shorter than the blade.
The blade was constructed of iron and used a triangular cross section to accommodate the single cutting edge with a tang of rectangular cross section.
Length varied, but a typical rhomphaia would have a blade of approximately 60–80 cm and a tang of approximately 50 cm.
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