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Gladius - The Pompeii

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Price: $195.00 

Gladius - The Pompeii


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  • Unsharpened - Price: $195.00 
  • Sharpened - Price: $213.00 
  • Unsharpened w/ Initials - Price: $200.00 
  • Sharpened w/ Initials - Price: $215.00 
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    Circa 100 BC

    The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical, efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. The later version, ours being the Pompeii, was not waisted and had a shorter point but was just as effective and easier to make. Turned ash and maple handle. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world. High carbon steel. Made 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.
    • Overall: 28"
    • Blade: 19-1/2" long, 2" wide, 3/16" thick
    • Wt: 2 lbs/6 oz
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    1. Ian on 3/12/2014, said:

    Windlass Steelcrafts' Pompeii-type gladius is a reasonably historically accurate example of the type. It is well made for the price. The transition from the Maintz-type gladius Hispaniensis to the Pompeii-type gladius occurred in the mid-first century AD (Ref: Bishop & Coulston, Roman Military Equipment, From the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome), with the first example found in the archaeological record around 60 AD. Pompeii gladius scabbards usually lacked the u-shaped guttering edge reinforcement of the Maintz-type sheath, having locket plates and chapes instead.
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    2. Nick on 1/23/2013, said:

    Overall its ok but I noticed a couple of flaws two weeks after it came in the mail. Parts of the handle were uneven;(gold tip was titled towards one side, the wooden part meeting the blade wasn't perfectly even), I noticed three very small dents on the edge of the blade that are visible when you shine light on it and I never hit anything with it, and the scabard(case)wasnt peferctly straight.
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