CLASSIC IMPERIAL ROMAN GLADIUS (IP-022) LEGACY ARMS
The Generation 2 / Legacy Arms classic Imperial Roman Gladius (or short sword) mimics an original found in the ruins of Pompeii (reliably dating from 79 CE). This fully functional battle ready sword features a double edged tempered 5160 high carbon steel blade that is factory sharp and ready for cutting. The classic hard wood hilt is designed with high polished steel spacers at top and bottom of the handle for strength and durability and knurled turned wood handle for a secure grip. This beautiful and ruggedly tough full tang Imperial Gladius comes complete with a wood scabbard wrapped in black leather with steel accents at throat and scabbard tip. More than just a wall hanger, this Functional Replica measures 29 1/2 inches in Overall Length with a point of balance 3.5 inches below the hit, weighing in at 1 lb 14 oz.
• Overall Length: 29 1/2"
• Blade Length: 22"
• Blade Material: high carbon spring steel
• Scabbard: leather wrapped wooden
• Point of Balance: 3 1/2" Below Hilt
• Handle Length: 7 1/2"
• Weight: 1lb 14 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
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THE ROMAN GLADIUS
A fully-equipped Roman soldier would have been armed with, several javelins (pila), a sword (gladius), a shield (scutum), a dagger (pugio) and perhaps a number of darts (plumbatae). Conventionally, the javelins would be thrown before engaging the enemy, at which point the gladius would be drawn. The soldier generally led with his shield and thrust with his sword. Despite the gladius being designed for thrusting at the enemy from behind the protection of the shield, all types of gladius appear to have been suitable for slashing and chopping motions. Though the primary infantry attack was thrusting at stomach height, they were trained to take any advantage, such as slashing at kneecaps beneath the shield wall.