Maintz Pattern Gladius With Genuine Bone Grip


This gladius in the maintz pattern has a bone 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.

The grip is natural bone and contrasts handsomely with the dark stained wooden pommel and guard. Since bone is a natural material, color and grain will vary slightly from sword to sword. Made of high carbon steel by Windlass Steelcrafts and comes factory sharp.

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.

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Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length28"
Blade Length19-1/2"
Blade Width2-1/4"
Blade Thickness3/16"
Grip Length3-5/8"
Material1075 High Carbon Steel
EdgeFactory Sharpened


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When In Rome......
A true representation of the Roman Gladius, this little sword is small, light and very maneuverable, but quite robust. The handle is a bit cheapish, being plastic, but I have no real issue with it. looks close enough to pass the test. The ornate brass hardware on the scabbard is nicely done. All in all, a nicely made sword. You will not be disappointed.
- John, April 11, 2023 | Verified Purchase
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Sturdy, Authentic, and Sharp
I received this as a graduation gift and had it monogramed on the blade. I paid to have it sharpened and it did not disappoint. It's a authentic, beautiful, and functional sword.
- Evan, September 11, 2022
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Great Gladius
Overall a nice replica of a Mainz Pattern Gladius.  Well balanced and easy to maneuver.  Only issue I had is the faux grip is uncomfortable and unattractive.  I remedied this with a leather overwrap.

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- David, April 06, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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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
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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
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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
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Excellent blade
- William, January 22, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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