|The Kestros Art by TL Jeffcoat|
Macedonian troops (a nation of ancient Greece) under the rule of King Perseus around 150 BC were known to train and use the Kestros in a few battles. It wasn’t used for a very long time, as technology quickly turned to more reliable ranged weapons. The Kestros was a light weight and easy weapon to carry with a quiver of darts that can be slung over a shoulder. The only downside of this deadly sling weapon is the winding up throw. Just like the sling, it was eventually replaced with weapons that didn’t require spinning it before attacking or used lighter ammo.
The dart is heavy enough that if it struck with full force it can easily penetrate leather and cloth style armors, and deep enough to fatally would someone. Iron and bronze more than likely can resist penetration, but since the dart’s point is made of iron, who really knows without testing it. The sling is made from a thin rope. One end is tied into a loop. About a quarter of the way down the length it is then split to create another loop. Then about 2/3’s from the looped end, a circular leather patch is tied on. The other end is simply knotted for an easier grip.