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Kris Cutlery Spatha II - KRSSPII

Kris Cutlery Spatha II

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Overall Length: 32 7/8'' Blade: 25 3/4''

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Blade: Folded 1060 and 9250 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 10.8 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 6 1/4''
Thickness: 7.5 mm - 4.4 mm
Width: 34 mm
Grip Length: 3 5/8''
Pommel: Nut

The Kris Cutlery Roman Spatha II is forged with a folded blade of 1060 and 9250 high carbon steel. The tapered blade is quadrangular in cross-section and finished with an acutely pointed thrusting tip The mixing of the two differing steels into a single blade has left the blade with the faintly patterning caused by the mixed steels, which looks akin to rippling water or burled wood. Often folded steel blades are acid-treated to embolden the patterning caused by the laminations, but Kris Cutlery has left this example natural for a more subtle and authentic appearance.

The crossguard and pommel are of carved and glossily-polished Macassar ebony wood. The intricately carved and polished grip is of reclaimed Yakal wood, which owes its amber hue to having been aged for about 50 years.

The scabbard is carved from a exotic hardwood and it has a blackened suspension loop of wood bound in cord to the scabbard. Unlike many Spatha reproductions on the market, this example by Kris Cutlery does not feel overly tip-heavy, but instead feels like a responsive and capable cut-and-thrust sword. The dense hardwoods do a good job of balancing out the steel blade.

The Spatha first appeared in the 1st Century among Roman Auxiliaries - in time it would entirely replace the Gladius as the main sword of Rome and would be in widespread use in Rome’s twilight years by not only the Roman legions and their auxiliaries, but by their many enemies as well. A longer sword fit well into the Roman transition from basing their military might around aggressive, expansionary legions of heavy infantry into more responsive, cavalry-heavy forces designed to quickly respond to border incursions and to hound raiders within the borderlands.

A longer sword is clearly more useful from horseback, and also more useful for fighting in skirmishes and looser formations. Metallurgy also improved in this period, allowing for the large-scale production of reliable, longer-bladed weapons. Some suggest that the spread of the Spatha in the ranks of the Roman armies was directly correlated with the increasing use of ‘’barbarian’’ recruits within its ranks, who brought with them their preference for the longer sword.

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