The Mainz pattern Gladii or Gladius is thought to have developed from the leaf-bladed short swords used on the Celt-Iberian peninsula (what is now Spain) and adopted for use in the Republican Legions. Rather than fighting as individual warriors (like their competition, the Continental Celts) the Roman legions eventually developed a new way of fighting -- massing together with overlapping shields, using their short stabbing cutting swords to strike from behind this shield wall. As these battle tactics for the Legions changed, a shorter, broader stabbing/cutting sword had to be developed to use in combination with these newer types of shield and new styles of fighting.
The Mainz pattern is deeply waisted and has a long point section like the earlier gladius Hispaniensis, but is shorter and broader than its predecessor. Unlike the later Pompeii style, the Mainz pattern was still capable of delivering strong cutting blows, though its primary purpose was for thrusting. The gladius is known as "the sword that conquered the world".
The elite Kingdom of Arms version of this popular 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.
Overall: 29 1/2"
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 brass fittings.
A quality sword demands a quality scabbard! Just like a great car needs a great paint job. They go together.