This is not the first sword I have purchased from Museum Replicas, & I am again delighted. The finish of this gladius is excellent, with careful attention to every detail. I requested it be sharpened, & it is very nicely sharpened. Previously, I had purchased a gladius from another manufacturer. That one cost more & I was expecting to get an authentic appearing Roman replica, but their workmanship was terrible in comparision to Museum Replicas.
Now I know how a Gladius felt. Really impressive sword. When they said they would sharpen it they were really serious. That thing is aharp.
Just opened my gladius and I don't know what the other reviewer means when he calls it well-balanced: this is a HEAVY blade! As well suited for bashing as cutting or stabbing. I'll also have to research how the Romans handled their blades - after taking several practice swings the over-large pommel about sprained my wrist. But considering the weight of the blade, I assume that the pommel affords the leverage necessary to move it.
As for the scabbard, mine appears to be pretty cheaply made: it doesn't grip the blade at all, and the brass-ish trim is really light-weight and has a few flaws where it was not fully molded to the scabbard. But as product description makes no mention of a scabbard, I view it as sort of complimentary. 5 stars!
The sword actually has a blade length of 20.25 inches or 51.4 cm, but nonetheless is a great weapon for self defence as well as reenactments. Its double edges makes it versatile for making deep thrusts as well as some very nasty slashes. It has a perfect weight and balance and the Damascus welding pattern makes this a resilient weapon. My only complaint is that the scabbard a bit wide, and so the blade could wobble side to side, but otherwise an excellent purchase
Great sword. Fast shipping. Loved it.
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.
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.