Gladius - Maintz Pattern

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This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard. Overall 28 inches.
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The Roman army’s approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical and efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. The early gladius (our version is the Maintz pattern) was wasp waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world. Made of high carbon steel 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''. This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard.

It can be sharpened for additional fee. 

Can be personalized with 3 initials.

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Products specifications
Overall Length 28"
Blade Length 19-1/2"
Blade Width 2-1/4"
Blade Thickness 3/16"
Weight 1lb/11oz
Grip Length 3-5/8"
Material 1065 High Carbon Steel
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available
Engraving Available


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Very Pleased!
Again a mighty fine replica. Weight, grip, and length just right for me. Manufacturing and assembly also excellent for both the Gladius and its scabbard. Arrived safe and sound in great packaging. An attractive addition to my 'blade' display.
- HOWARD, July 22, 2019 | Verified Purchase
Can't beat the deal of the day.
Pick up this maintz on the deal of the day, which I am now a fan of and check everyday to see what's on sale. Shipped pretty quick and was easy to track. Excellent gladius replica for the price. I was hesitant to buy this because of the plastic or "synthetic" grip which is said to be stronger then the bone. I'm alright with it however the plastic grip was extremely stained and marked up with something that cannot be cleaned off a 100% no matter what I have tried. Have I paid full price I would of been more annoyed by this.
- Patrick, July 20, 2019 | Verified Purchase
At last, a sword I can fall on! ..
I love my new glad'! I am keeping it safe until I learn to use it properly. However, I believe it would benefit from replacing the (plastic) pommel-bulb with a piece of heavy/hard wood, for balance. That, or a weight pressed onto the tang tip. [Add 1/2 star]
- phil, February 04, 2019 | Verified Purchase
excellent blade
- William, January 22, 2019 | Verified Purchase
Great Gladius
This Mainz Gladius is my 5th sword I’ve bought from MR. Once again, I’m very happy with my purchase. Sword was received in perfect condition with a very sharp edge. Very authentic detailing, fine balance and great looking. Give it 5 stars and recommend to anyone interested in the classic Roman sword.
- Steven, December 29, 2018 | Verified Purchase
Mainz Gladius
This is my third sword I’ve bought from MR and once again very happy with the quality of my purchase. Gladius looks great with my other swords in my display. Look forward to my next purchase.
- Steven, December 23, 2018 | Verified Purchase
A beutiful piece of work!
Just received this sword and scabbard.  Both are amazing works of art!  No flaws, extremely sharp, and looks like it is ready to go on campaign anywhere in the empire.  I would recommend this to anyone looking to add a Roman piece to their collection.
- Ray, November 09, 2018 | Verified Purchase
It looks great with my Roman outfit.
The Gladius - Maintz Pattern sword looks amazing. I had them sharpen it for me. It is razor sharp now. The only thing about it I'm 100% happy with is the handle. It is a bit thin. But other than that, the sword it wonderful.
- Roberto, August 19, 2018 | Verified Purchase
This  Maintz Pattern Gladius was created to be as historically accurate as possible, based on actual swords from that era.
- MRL Team
12 year fallow up.
This is one of my favorite short swords! From the camel bone grip, to the light and elegant blade!

Checkout my video of it.

- Stuart, April 28, 2018
The sword itself is beautiful and perfectly weighted.  The only problem is the handle.  The "faux ivory grip" looks like plastic piping from someone's bathroom.  I would have returned it for the simpler model (without the "faux ivory") but since I had it sharpened that was not an option.
- kevin, January 30, 2014 | Verified Purchase
All in all, this is a beautiful piece that is solid and well-crafted.  But I have given it only three stars due to a glaring tragic flaw: the faux ivory grip is terrible!  Very tacky (like cheap plastic) that destroys the beauty of an otherwise satisfactory sword.  Furthermore, I'm concerned that over time it will become brittle and crack (in mid-swing?), given the blade's own hefty weight.  Indeed, I would return it in favor of the Pompeii, which has a solid wood grip, but I ordered it sharpened so that's that, apparently.  Disappointing.
- Mike, June 20, 2013
Beautiful piece of craftsmanship.  I am a scholar and teacher of Roman history and I use it in lectures as an audio visual aid and my students are constantly impressed with it.  A real piece of history!
- Matthew, December 25, 2012
I love, love this sword.  I have wanted a sword from Museum Replicas ever since I was a kid so this fulfills a childhood dream.  The craftsmanship is excellent, the sword itself is beautiful and it exudes a sense of deadliness that is hard to describe.
Five stars.
- David, May 19, 2010 | Verified Purchase
Magnificent sword! Very well-made, outstanding steel quality.

Windlass' costumer support is also flawless. I would like to extend specially high regards to Mr. Praadep,  who was very kind and supportive.

- Pedro, January 12, 2010
The faux ivory hilt is very beautiful to look at.  The numerous ridges on the hilt make for a very tight and secure hold.  Well-balanced and nice sword
- Jeffrey, November 19, 2008

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Products specifications
Overall Length 28"
Blade Length 19-1/2"
Blade Width 2-1/4"
Blade Thickness 3/16"
Weight 1lb/11oz
Grip Length 3-5/8"
Material 1065 High Carbon Steel
Edge Unsharpened
Sharpening Available
Engraving Available
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