This incredible gladius has a hand forged and tempered high carbon steel blade, it is truly worthy of an elite Roman officer. All parts are highly detailed and meticulously hand finished in solid metal. All parts have been antiqued to give them the same look and feel of a campaign used sword. Features baldric with a custom wood scabbard wrapped in leather and accented with real metal detail. Can be sharpened for an additional fee.
One of the world’s most ancient weapons, the spear was a dominant presence on the field of battle for an amazingly long period of time. This particular blade form was put to use during a wide range of European history by a wide range of cultures, from Ancient Celts and Greeks to well through the Renaissance. The blade is tempered steel and the socket fits a 1-1/4" round pole (not included). Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
This was the principal weapon of the Roman legionnaire, well designed to destroy the ability of the opponent's shield defense. The short head could easily penetrate a wooden shield, and the long neck prevented the head from being cut off. Thus encumbered, the shield was rendered useless, leaving the opponent unprotected. Made of mild steel, the pilum would easily bend, preventing it from being thrown back (when the heat of the battle had subsided, it could be retrieved and straightened). Our replica is of a late version that is slightly weighted to aid penetration, common about 100 A.D. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.
Not only were wooden swords used by Gladiators for training, but if he survived the arena and lived long enough to retire, a symbolic wooden gladius (rudis) was awarded as a token of discharge and freedom.