ROMAN GLADIATOR SWORD BK1397CH made in Pakistan
By far the most famous among Roman daggers and swords, the Gladius sword was designed for sidearm wear as a quick and easy to maneuver weapon. 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 rugged decorative replica offers a 23 5/8 inch double edge style, stainless steel blade. The blade has a nice point with edges that are somewhere between factory dull and slightly sharpened. The hardwood handle is adorned with brass spacers coordinating with the brass bolsters on the pommel and guard, and is topped with a brass pommel button. Includes a black genuine leather sheath with belt strap. Ideal for theatrical costume use or for display in home or office.
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• Overall Length: 32 1/4"
• Blade Length: 23 3/4"
• Hilt Length: 10 1/4"
• Blade Edge: lightly sharpened
• Blade Material: 440S Stainless Steel
• Blade Width at Guard: 2 1/4"
• Hilt: Hard Wood w/ brass fittings
• Scabbard: Genuine Leather w/belt strap
• Sword Weight: 2 lb 2.2 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.