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DENIX 22-4101NQ
ROMAN PUGIO/DAGGER
List Price: $69.00
Our Price: $54.95
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Overall Length: 15"
Blade Length: 10"
Handle Length: 5"
Thickness at Guard: .400

This replica by Denix is of an authentic Roman museum piece. The detail in the design illustrates the skill of the artisan and the taste of the Roman officer who wore the original. The blades of Denix daggers and swords are cast from a metal alloy and cannot be sharpened, making them safe for display in family environments.

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ROMAN PUGIO/DAGGER (22-4101NQ) by DENIX
This Roman Pugio/dagger and scabbard are finely engraved with Imperial Eagles, Lion, and Wolf nursing the founders of Rome Romulus and Remus. Dagger and features a metal handle and false edge cast metal alloy blade, and matching two tone scabbard. KEY FEATURES: * Safe for display* Replicates an original MEASUREMENTS: BLADE LENGTH: 10 inches HANDLE LENGTH: 5 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 15 inches WEIGHT: 2lb THICKNESS: .400 inches * Perfect piece for the collector

The Roman Pugio
The pugio was a small dagger used by Roman soldiers as a sidearm. It seems likely that the pugio was intended as an auxiliary or backup weapon, but it found many uses, especially as a utility knife. The Roman Pugio was often highly decorated and were clearly a status symbol. Officials of the empire took to wearing these ornate daggers in the performance of their offices, and some would wear concealed daggers as a defense against contingencies.

Like the gladius, the pugio was a stabbing weapon, the type preferred by the Romans. Of them Vegetius says:
A stroke with the edges, though made with ever so much force, seldom kills, .... On the contrary, a stab, though it penetrates but two inches, is generally fatal. ... the body is covered while a thrust is given, and the adversary receives the point before he sees the sword. This was the method of fighting principally used by the Romans .The dagger was a common weapon of assassination and suicide; for example, it is recorded that the conspirators who stabbed Julius Caesar used pugiones.

 

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