The xiphos is an ancient Greek short sword with a double-edged, typically leaf-shaped blade about 50-60 centimeters in length. The weapon was used a secondary weapon to the dory, or spear, used when the spear was discarded or destroyed during close combat. The sword could be used both for slashing and thrusting attacks. Early xiphos were made of bronze, though in the Classical Period, the weapon was typically forged of iron.