Quote from: Kvedulf on Today at 01:18:01 am
It had the most points of attack than any other weapon. It had the greatest reach of all single handed weapons. The entire attacking surface was bladed. And finally, due to its design, it was actually stronger and sturdier than most other contemporary weapons.
The bolded part doesn't make sense, as contemporary spears were mostly one-handed, to be used in conjuction with a spear.
That's my bad. I wasn't thinking. I did mean to put "with the exception of the spear" at the start. My apoplogies.
It is difficult to discuss this without defining what a sword is. How about for starters:
1. killing surface length of 40cm+ made entirely of bronze, iron or steel. Anything smaller is a dagger/knife.
2. has a blade on at least one side of the killing surface, running the entire length of the surface.
3. has a definite hilt, smaller than the blade length.
Feel free to add to, discuss or totally disagree with this basic definition
And while the Egyptians and surrounding cultures did use the khopesh, the Sea Peoples didn't. Instead they used what I think is now called the Bronze Age Rapier. They were long, thin and fast. However, due to the design used to attach the blade to the hilt, they were rubbish for slashing, hacking and parrying. The rapiers were nothing like "short, rough, heavy, hacking weapons".
Even though soldiers and warriors were considered to have high social standing, I think it's a bit more complex than that in the Bronze Age in Southwest Asia. For a start, the New Kingdom Egyptian army was, in essence, professional, and it was perfectly legitimate for the lowest ranking freeman to join. And the nobles and elites were defined by their use of chariots and bows not swords. I know that this is only Egypt, but it shows that the sword has not always been associated with elites. I, personally, would like to know the total number of soldiers in Sea People armies. Were they composed of roughly ten thousand troops, or closer to fifty thousand? Until we know that, we cannot say whether or not only nobles carried swords in Sea People cultures.