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Roman Pugio


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Roman PugioRoman Pugio
Circa 100
The distinct shape of the Pugio blade was excellent for a close quarters fight, and was used throughout the legions. Although swords and knives were generally not worn by civilians within the boundaries of the "Pax Romana", barbarians and bandits were certainly to be found in the outlands, and a merchant or trader best go armed. No doubt many an old legionnaire must have found it easier to keep his balance with the familiar weight on his hip as he worked his farm in new won territory. The wood hilt is paired with a fully tempered high carbon steel blade. Comes complete with a wood scabbard covered in leather with brass parts. Based on remains in the British Museum. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
  • Overall: 19-1/4"
  • Blade: 12-1/4" long, 2-1/8" wide, 3/16" thick
  • Wt: 1 lb
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A beautiful side-arm, although not the most historically accurate pugio on the market. The handle is the wrong shape for a Pugio. The blade length is about right for an imperial pugio which was usually between 250-350mm, i.e. 10-14", long (republican pugios being shorter at between 150-200mm or 6-8"). The blade usually had a pronounced mid-rib, more so than this blade. Both republican and imperial pugio handles were metal, sandwiching an organic layer of bone, horn or possibly wood either side of a flat tang and riveted to the blade and tang, although later pugios had rod-tangs, which could have wooden replacement handles fitted if the original metal handle was damaged. Metal handles usually had a central bulbous swelling with a bulbous pommel during the republican period and a flat-edged pommel during the imperial period.
Reviewed by Ian  B
3/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Well made. Should do good in self defense situations, as the discription says.
Reviewed by Thomas  C
12/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
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A very well done replica if my research is correct. If it is accurate, the Romans knew what they were doing and this item still functions as a very effective short sidearm. Joe B
Reviewed by Judge Joe  B
12/27/2008 12:00:00 AM