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Darksword Gladiator Sica with Interlaced Belt - DSA1323BRS
Darksword Gladiator Sica with Interlaced Belt
 

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Overall Length: 34''  Blade: 25 3/4''
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Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 0.4 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 5 5/8''
Thickness: 3.7 mm - 3.9 mm
Width: 70 mm
Grip Length: 4 3/8''
Pommel: Nut
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The Sica was a hooked sword with a blade on the inside curve - it was one of the iconic weapons of the Thracians - a people northwest of the Greeks who were renowned in antiquity for their warlike demeanor. These balkan tribes were influenced not only by the Greeks, but by their Scythian neighbors to the north and the Celts to their northwest. Grecian historian Herotodus remarked that the Thracian tribespeople were the second most numerous people in the world (India was the first) and that they would be an unstoppable force if they could halt their incessant internecine warfare.

The Thracians typically fought as ‘’peltasts’’ - lightly armored infantrymen who fought in loose, quick formations, throwing an array of javelins before closing with shields and swords.

Their trademark Sica swords and daggers are found today throughout the Balkans. This unique weapon with its forward curve was designed to get past an the shield of an opponent. A side slash, striking against the side of a shield, can pivot at the curve at its center of percussion and slash the man behind. The forward-tipped curve also can be used like a pick, giving fearful puncturing power in a downward stroke.

The Sica was also used by a type of Roman Gladiator - the Thraex, a caricatured Thracian warrior. In the arena he typically dueled the Murmillo gladiator, who with his large shield and sword was the gladiatorial incarnation of the Roman Legionary. The duels between the two brought to life the conflict between Rome and its Balkan foes for the crowd.

The Gladiator Sica from Darksword Armory has a blade made from 1060 High Carbon Steel tempered to a Rockwell Hardness of 53. The guard and pommel are of wood and the guard plate is of steel. The wooden grip is tightly wrapped and sewn over with brown leather. Comes with a matching wood-core scabbard covered in brown leather. It has an integrated sword belt.





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