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Gladius - The Pompeii

ID#: 500598

Price: $195.00 

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  • Unsharpened - Price: $195.00 
  • Sharpened - Price: $213.00 
  • Unsharpened w/ Initials - Price: $200.00 
  • Sharpened w/ Initials - Price: $215.00 
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    Circa 100 BC

    The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical, efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. The later version, ours being the Pompeii, was not waisted and had a shorter point but was just as effective and easier to make. Turned ash and maple handle. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world. High carbon steel. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®. Originals were excavated from the ruins of Pompeii. You can see examples in H. Russell Robinson's book What the Soldiers Wore on Hadrian's Wall.
    • Overall: 28"
    • Blade: 19-1/2" long, 2" wide, 3/16" thick
    • Wt: 2 lbs/6 oz
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    1. Ian on 3/12/2014, said:

    Windlass Steelcrafts' Pompeii-type gladius is a reasonably historically accurate example of the type. It is well made for the price. The transition from the Maintz-type gladius Hispaniensis to the Pompeii-type gladius occurred in the mid-first century AD (Ref: Bishop & Coulston, Roman Military Equipment, From the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome), with the first example found in the archaeological record around 60 AD. Pompeii gladius scabbards usually lacked the u-shaped guttering edge reinforcement of the Maintz-type sheath, having locket plates and chapes instead.
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    2. Julius on 7/31/2013, said:

    I bought this second hand from the original owner; did some minor upgrades to it in order to bring it more in line with its historical counterpart. The modern triangular block at the hilt is a glaring example; ground down the blade til it fit with the natural central ridge running down the middle of the blade but had noticed that the blade itself doesn't sit snugly in the slot of the guard, if you could call it a slot. It is more of an indentation and you can see the blade is cut down to fit into the relatively small hole in the center of the guard- this in itself isn't a problem as most swords are built this way, however the shoulders of the blade should be tight to the guard - the slot of the guard is really just a shallow depression that is much larger than the sword's imprint so there could be some play if you torque the blade. This is not a sword I would use in any sort of re-enactment; it is suitable for dress but at this price, not so much. There are other, better options out there. I would say this is one of the worst offerings I've ever handled from MRL so I am slightly disappointed.
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    3. Nick on 1/23/2013, said:

    Overall its ok but I noticed a couple of flaws two weeks after it came in the mail. Parts of the handle were uneven;(gold tip was titled towards one side, the wooden part meeting the blade wasn't perfectly even), I noticed three very small dents on the edge of the blade that are visible when you shine light on it and I never hit anything with it, and the scabard(case)wasnt peferctly straight.
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    4. Steffen on 9/21/2012, said:

    Love it, awsome wood grip on it and a beautifull blade.
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    5. Anonymous User on 7/6/2009, said:

    be a real Roman- Nero
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    6. Anonymous User on 6/18/2009, said:

    fit and finish lower than expected. I have ordered several MR products, have never been disapointed until now.
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