ROMAN GLADIUS (Maple tone) SB017 Made in China
For hundreds of years the Roman Coliseum echoed with the sounds of clashing swords and the screams of the dying and the triumphant. Patterned after the gladius used by Roman soldiers and Gladiators alike, this sleek decorative replica offers a 21-1/2 inch double edge style 440S stainless steel blade that requires little or no maintenance. The blade has a sharp point with edges that fully are sharpened. The maple turned hardwood grip is classic in style and produces a secure grip in one's hand and is matched with maple hand guard and pommel. Includes a wooden scabbard wrapped in black simulated leather and fitted with polished brass furniture and two brass O-rings. Ideal for theatrical costume use or beautiful display in any home or office. From top to bottom this Roman Gladius measures 30-3/4 inches Overall when in the scabbard.
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• Overall Length: 26 1/4"
• Blade Length: 19"
• Handle Length: 7 1/4"
• Blade Edge: sharpened
• Blade Material: 440S Polished Stainless
• Blade Width at Guard: 2 1/4"
• Point of Balance: 5.25" below guard
• Hilt: Maple Wood
• Scabbard: Sim leather w/brass fittings
• Sword Weight: 1 lb 10.8 oz
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.
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.