A copy of the ancient Canaan Khopesh sword, the Fordorsian Khopesh was made with high-quality steel as a status symbol for the members of the Foreign Guards, a Regiment made up of non-Fordorsian soldiers for use in foreign affairs.
The Regiment came about when Fordorsia's first negotiations with Egypt in 1932 were cut short after tension between political and military leaders there started to rise to dangerous levels. Because so many parties were involved, Egypt's military was split into several groups, making civil war almost certain. This led to many Egyptian soldiers and civilians offering to leave Egypt and work in Fordorsia in return for citizenship. Due to Fordorsia's view of foreign affairs, this did not happen. However, they saw this as an opportunity to acquire more expendable soldiers for use in the heaviest fighting in and around Fordorsia. This led to the founding of the Regiment in 1933. Anyone from Europe was allowed to become a Fordorsian citizen after 5 years service, but the area of recruitment was quickly extended to the rest of the world. Among the first recruits were the some of the same Egyptians who tried to join the year before, and with them they brought many personal items, including several antique Khopesh swords.
Sparked by interest, several Khopesh swords were made with Fordorsian steel, greatly superior to the bronze of the originals, and tested them thoroughly. It was found that the swords performed rather well, and as well as out of respect for their Egyptian recruits, the Khopesh was designated as the official ceremonial sword of the Foreign Guards. It was used as part of their uniform as well as their battle dress, and even proved more effective against the Waster Hordes than the machetes and axes of regular Fordorsian soldiers.