GLADIATOR DAGGER AH4233 by DEEPEEKA In ancient Rome, gladiators commanded respect for their superior combat skills. Evoke the same sense of warrior prowess with the Gladiator Dagger, a straightforward blade that looks as though it came right out of the arena. The traditional dagger blade features a diamond cross section, enhancing strength and efficiency in stabbing. The wooden guard is tiered to provide protection for your hand while giving it a historical appeal. The handle is contoured for a secure grip, and the turned wood pommel is topped with a steel pommel button. A classic addition to your collection of Roman treasures, this Gladiator Dagger is a standard issue; beautiful in simplicity and unparalleled in function.
• Overall Length: 17 1/8" • Blade Length: 10 3/4" • Handle Length: 5 1/4" • Blade Edge: Sharpened • Blade Material: EN45 High Carbon Steel • Blade Width at Guard: 29.9 mm • Hilt: Turned Wood, walnut finish • Scabbard: Stitched Leather w/belt loop • Dagger Weight: 12.2 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
The Roman Dagger Like the gladius, the dagger, also known as "pugio", was a stabbing weapon of 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.
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.