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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 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. Fully Functional (Battle Ready)! Sword also includes a wood scabbard with steel accents.
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.
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