Xanthippus Damascus Steel Short Sword


Xanthippus of Carthage was a Spartan mercenary hired by the Carthaginians to build an army against the invading Romans. Xanthippus reorganized the Carthaginian army, utilizing new battle formations, teaching the cavalry how to fight, and making use of elephants and Greek infantrymen. Xanthippus and the Carthaginians met the Romans in what has become known as The Battle of Tunis. The Roman lines held the advancing elephants but the Carthaginian cavalry annihilated the Roman cavalry and flanked the Roman army, attacking from the rear. The Roman army was utterly destroyed and the Roman African expedition was stopped.

We find the story of Xanthippus to be fascinating and inspiring. This is why we decided to name this Damascus steel short sword after Xanthippus. Spartans were known to carry a short steel sword into battle. This beefy Damascus steel short sword is a pleasure to hold and carry. With the chiseled G10 handles, tracker style blade, and full-grain leather sheath, it is a work of art. This blade is perfect for wilderness survival and will be the talk of your hunting group.

Xanthippus Damascus Steel Short Sword Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 15.5"
  • Handle Length: 6.5"
  • Blade Length: 9"
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 4mm
  • Tang: Full Tang
  • Locking type: Fixed Blade
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 256
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Includes a hand stitched, custom full-grain leather sheath

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured, but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.