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Gladius Hispaniensis (Mainz style) Sword: Used from around 216 BC until 20 BC. Most Early versions of the Roman Gladius were wasp waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. Some of the later versions were made with a straighter blade but still with the long point. Even later versions (like the Pompeii pattern) were not waisted and also had a shorter point but were just as effective - and easier to make. Both swords served side-by-side for many years and it was not uncommon to find 4th century Legionnaires carrying either models. The gladius is known as "the sword that conquered the world".
The elite Kingdom of Arms version of this popukar Gladius features a hand hammered 5160 carbon waisted steel blade as the originals were made, full tang, heat treated and tempered as the originals, for a strong yet flexible blade that will hold a very sharp edge, with a hard wood handle. High polished steel spacer at the bottom of the handle for strength and durability. Fully Functional (Battle Ready)! Sword also includes a historical wood scabbard with brass accents. Truly a beautiful piece to hold.
Weight: 1.9 lbs.
P.O.B. 4.75” below guard
5160 Tempered carbon steel blade.
Guard and tang cap are made from a quality solid brass.
Wood scabbard with quality leather wrapping and quality brass fittings as the originals.
A quality sword demands a quality scabbard! Just like a great car needs a great paint job. They go together.
Below is a Review from Historian Bruce Brookhart.
Here is a brief review of the above-mentioned sword. The balance point is 4 ½’’ below the attractive wood and steel hilt. First I cut some wild privet and then after finding a Very dense shipping tube that I had stuck in the loft of the big barn that I had forgotten about. As I said it was very dense, about 3/8’’ thick and I was able to stand on it without crushing it. Since there was just the one tube I didn’t bother to build a stand and just put a bar clamp on the bottom of it and I was still able to sheer thru about 98% of it. After that I took the sword to a dead tree as you can see in the video. I want to say once again that I am Really Abusing this sword like the others that I have been testing for Clyde Hollis of Kingdom of Arms. After all of this the sword was still sharp with the blade not taking any damage at all, no glints, rolls etc. There is some residual on the blade from the cutting, but I am sure it will clean up fine I find the wood and steel hilt very attractive on this sword and it stayed tight and true after the cutting. The sword comes with a nice wood core scabbard covered in dark brown leather with brass parts. All in all once again another good out come.
Bruce A. Brookhart