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Augustus Mainz Gladius: 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 versions features a 5160 hand hammered high carbon steel blade, with a hard wood handle. High polished steel spacer at the bottom of the handle for strength and durability. Sword also includes a wood scabbard with steel accents.
Overall: 29 1/2"
Weight: 1.9 lbs.
P.O.B. 4.75” below guard
Scabbard; Wood stained dark with brass accents. A quality sword demands a quality scabbard!
View below the Review Bruce Brookhart did on this sword.
Like the other two swords from Kingdom of Arms that I have reviewed I really abused and punished this sword, as you will see in the videos. First I cut some wild privet, a very dense wood. Next I cut at a dead pine tree that is 3 to 4 times denser than a Tatami Mat. After that I beat the Mainz against a live pine tree that I need to cut out anyway. This type of southern pine is Very hard. And after all of this the edge took no damage, no nicks and no rolls and the wooden hilt was still tight and true.
I do not recommend that you abuse any sword like this but I told Clyde that I was going to be tough on these swords and they have proven to be just that themselves. As I am sure you all know the Gladius was used primarily as an underhand stabbing weapon and this sword does have a wickedly sharp point as well. I am including a picture of the blade. You can see some marks on the blade but they are not damage and will, I am sure, come off with a little effort. All and all I am calling this a very favorable review.
Bruce A. Brookhart