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There are a few weapons that are familiar and well recognized even to those with no interest in the subject. Weapons such as the Nepalese Kuhkri, the English Longbow, the Kentucky Rifle, and the Colt Peacemaker receive almost instant signs of recognition throughout the world. Another weapon to be included in this pantheon of well-known designs is undoubtedly the Roman Gladius.
This blade features a pleasing burnished finish, which is evenly applied and very attractive. The blade's central ridge is subtle. As the blade meets the hilt it is reinforced by a steel plate that has been cleanly set into the sword's lower guard. The upper and lower guards are fashioned from tropical hardwood that is very pleasing in both colour and grain structure. A grip made from real bone completes the assembly. The entire assembly is secured by a bronze pommel nut through which the tangs runs. All components are well fitted with no overlapping or gaps in the assembly of this sword.
Overall length: 72cm
Blade length: 49.5cm
Blade width: 5.1cm
Grip length: 9.8cm
Guard width: 8.2cm
Point of Balance: 10.9 cm from Guard
Centre of Percussion: 36.3 cm from guard
We have included an independent review video which focuses on the weapon's "cut and slash" abilities. The sword was not given for free to this reviewer nor was he rewarded in any way. Please be aware though, that the gladius was a thrusting weapon and not really meant as a slashing and cutting blade, it being short and light with a triangular tip. The organic hilt and pommel gives the sword minimal heft and the lack of blade curvature does not help the matter, it was however a radically good stabber, after all, one of the world's mightiest empires was created with its thrusting power! The Medieval Shoppe thanks "Weapon Tester" from WA for his great videos of our swords in action. Please consider subscribing to his channel.
CAUTION – THIS IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL MARTIAL WEAPON – DECOMISSION THE BLADE BEFORE WALL MOUNTING. DO NOT USE FOR SPARRING. DO NOT USE FOR THEATRICAL OR RE-ENACTMENT PURPOSES. CHECK THE LAWS IN YOUR STATE OR COUNTRY PERTAINING TO WEAPONS OWNERSHIP BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE. STORE SAFELY AND HANDLE WITH CAUTION.
It's everything I was hoping for, it's beautiful and at a great price Dale Comyns on 19th Nov 2020
The sword is excellent, the blade is true well polished and very sharp.
The handle is made of bone and well suits the rest.
The pommel and guard are also well made and robust.
The sheave is also well built, mine unfortunately had a dent in the leather, possibly caused by mishandling or postage. If it wasn;t for that it would have been a perfect present. Unknown on 15th May 2020
This sword looks and feels close to the original as far as general appearances go. For a sword that costs less than a high quality knife, it puts in a good show. Perhaps not a sword for the connoisseur, it never the less feels like a genuine weapon of war. The sidearm of a Legionnaire. A sword that will get the job done.
Given that the original gladuis was a standard issue infantry weapon, the build quality of this sword might compare well to an original. The parallel blade has good mass up front and it swings like a boss. Certainly a good choice for someone who wants to know what a gladius might have felt like in the hand. Unknown on 27th Nov 2019
The sword and sheath are very nice. Came very sharp. The only gripe is the sheath-sword fit is loose, all in all well worth the money. Dom on 15th May 2015