Gladius - The Pompeii


This is the shortest version of the Roman swords and the most popular one. It has parallel cutting edges and a triangular tip. Turned ash and maple handle. 2" wide. 28 inches overall. Comes factory sharp.
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Circa 100 BC
The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. They chose the gladius as their principal sidearm because it was practical, efficient, and excelled in any close combat situation. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world.

The later version was not waisted and had a shorter point but was just as effective and easier to make. Our version of this, the Pompeii, has a sharp, high carbon steel blade and a turned ash and maple handle. Includes a leather-covered wood scabbard with a brass throat and tip (locket and chape). Made by Windlass Steelcrafts and comes factory sharp.

Originals of our version 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.

Can be personalized with 3 initials. Click here for details on our personalization service and return policy


Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length28"
Blade Length19-1/2"
Blade Width2"
Blade Thickness3/16"
Grip Length3-1/2"
Material1075 High Carbon Steel
EdgeDouble Edged - Factory Sharpened


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Great Blade, This Is Why Rome Conquered The Known World
As the title implies, this is a superb weapon. The shorter heavy blade is adept at both chopping, slicing and stabbing. As a scholar of history, reading about how this sword was used is...lost on most people. Now that I have finally acquired one, I understand exactly why it is worn on the right side and drawn by the right hand. It's all about how the baldric is used. This reproduction is an excellent example of many examples found in museums.
- Richard, July 12, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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Poor quality
Within a week of ownership, barely handled at all, the guard is completely coming off. It moves in the hand, it almost rotates freely. Didn't hit the sword into anything, just from moving it around the handle is broken. Massive disappointment. Not a sword, a sword like object. First purchase, definitely my last.
- John, February 21, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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- MRL Team
Glad he got the Gladius!
This was one of two gifts fro my son for Xmas.  He was amazed by this sword.  The detail, the fit and the feel.  Fantastic piece for his collection.
- Daryl, January 06, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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Excellent period piece.
I had this sharpened and the initials SPQR added. Truly a beautiful, good handling sword. BE CAREFUL if you get it sharpened. It is truly lethal. Also obtained the belt for it and it fits and wears well.
- Frank, April 15, 2020
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Gladius review
Feels good in the hand, a little  blade heavy not by much. If you see this sword as the Deal of the Day then its a must buy. A great addition to any collection.
- Franco, August 24, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Great Pompeii Gladius
Great Gladius
As I already own the Mainz Gladius, couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Pompeii version. Once again MR, you delivered on this.  As always, I ordered this sword sharpened. Sword came well packaged and in great shape. Love having these two Gladius displayed together to see how they differ in blade shape and detail. Both are well balanced and feel good in the hand. This sword is my 12th sword purchase from MR and won’t be my last.
- Steven, July 23, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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This is a superb rendering of a classic short sword of the ancient world.   Materials are first class and the final product is a thing of beauty.   It holds an honored place in my collection.
- Mike, July 20, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Awesome Sword!
This Gladius is simply amazing. It is solid with a great balance, perfect taper to a near needle point. Nothing on the sword looks or feels cheap, no spaces, nothing loose. I have no doubt this sword is battle ready and a Roman Centurion would be happy to wield it.

The scabbard on the other hand is absolute trash. Mine arrived busted but even if its fully fixed it would still not fit the sword properly. It pains me to subtract a star from this sword but they put this scabbard in with it. It looks and feels like it would come with a toy sword or a super cheap flea market reject sword. Even if you get one that fits well it still detracts from the pure elegance of the sword with its horrible materials. I am sure my sword is embarrassed to be paired with it.  

I paid extra to have the sword sharpened. I do not regret the choice, it is quite sharp and I have only found a few slight nicks from being sharpened, less than if I did it myself.
- Randal, July 14, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Again I am impressed with the price and quality. A prized place on the wall of my "Man Cave" next to the Wooden Training Gladius also from Museum Replicas. Thank you.
- HOWARD, June 26, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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A good sword
I just received this Gladius. It was shipped promptly and extremely well packed. The sword overall is well made and balanced like a typical Roman sword, for stabbing. The scabbard is a little flashy, but decent. Even unsharpened this thing is a deadly weapon, great for reinactments or display. Five stars for the price verses quality.
- Terry, March 21, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Great beginner gladius
Best beginner gladius on the market, seriously its a light and fast sword and looks better in person then you would expect, sharpening service was also decent
- Nicholas, September 04, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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Sword is great, rest...
Sword is enjoyable in hand, beautifull and well made.Unfortunately the scabberd is kinda cheap, sword do not stay inside it (the falling syndrome) and the rings are rusty. I ask for the sharpened service who made it very well, except that they sharpened a side more than the other.
But for the price, if you want a gladius, go for it.
- Alexandre, February 11, 2018 | Verified Purchase
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Except for one small thing, this replica has exceeded by wildest expectations! Great ribbed handle and pommel. Steel quality is terrific, and be prepared for a very sharp edge and point if you choose the sharpened option. My only slight objection is that the scabbard is not a tight fit for the sword. The sword is so sharp you could maybe cut yourself because the blade moves in and out of the scabbard so easily. I solved this problem with a few long pieces of cardboard inserted into either side of the scabbard.  This is an outstanding replica of the standard issue service weapon carried by the typical legionary.
- Bob, February 02, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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I am pleased with this gladius. The weight and balance are correct and it fits comfortably in the hand. I ordered this sharpened, and was pleased with the edge. Unfortunately, I received it with a chip/flaw in the wooden grip. While it does not impair the function of the weapon I could not rate it with five stars.
- Ed, January 24, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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Excellent! Very impressed with weight and feel of the sword. The workmanship was very good and the service, received it in a few days, superb!!

D. Flaherty
- Donald, August 31, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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