|The Khopesh is an Egyptian sickle-sword that evolved from battle axes. The khopesh dates to at least 2500 BC. The weapons changed from bronze to iron in the New Kingdom period.|
The earliest known depiction of a khopesh is from the Stele of Vultures, depicting King Eannatum of Lagash wielding the weapon.
|The khopesh evolved from the epsilon or similar crescent-shaped axes. It is a sword that was actually a hybrid between a sword and an axe. The khopesh went out of use around 1300 BC. Various pharaohs are depicted with a khopesh, and some have been found in royal graves, such as two examples found with Tutankhamun. The khopesh was a solution to the limitations of bronze as a sword material. Bronze swords that were too long broke.|