ROMAN GLADIUS SWORD SB137RD by CHINA
This Roman Gladius Sword features a mirror polished 20" 440 stainless steel blade, with an edge that is factory semi-sharp. The hilt is of cast metal alloy and features a highly detailed antiqued silver satin finish guard and pommel. The ornate pommel and guard displays imperial eagles, and soldiers in horse drawn chariots. The handgrip is ring divided in anatomically worked metal for a comfortable and secure grip. The sword comes complete with matching red burgundy leather wrapped scabbard that is complemented with beautifully detailed silver trim featuring Roman lore embossed imagery. This is a decorative Roman Gladius Sword that is well balanced and is a fine choice for any collection.
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• Overall Length: 28 1/4"
• Blade Length: 20"
• Handle Length: 8 1/4"
• Blade Edge: semi-sharpened
• Blade Material: Zinc Alloy
• Blade Width at Guard: 2 1/2"
• Hilt: Antiqued Silver Cast Metal Alloy
• Scabbard: Wood/sim leather/Zinc Fittings
• Weight: 4 lbs 1 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
The Gladiator and his Gladius
"Dating back nearly 2,100 years this extraordinary blade represented the height of weaponry during Rome's barbaric fascination with gladiatorial combat. According to Methos, its short broader based blade made it lighter and easier to maneuver which was key strategy when the fighting wore on. "The longer the battle, the worse it was," he said. "I watched men so crippled with fatigue that they could barely lift their swords from the ground. When that happened it was, of course, their death knell." Methos salvaged the blade from the beheaded body of a fallen gladiator who had been left to the whims of the vultures. "Removing any article from a dead gladiator was vehemently forbidden and punishable by crucifixion," he said. "But his fate held such powerful symbolism for an Immortal."