The piercing and chopping design of the Roman Gladius is modernized and brought to full tactical function with the Combat Commander Gladiator. The sword has a sharpened blade of 1060 high carbon steel that has been black-coated for stealth. It has a slip-resistance rubberized grip with two integrated holes that allow for the addition of lanyards (not included). The sword comes with a nylon and leather tactical sheath.
Perhaps if the Roman Empire had persisted until the modern era, its 21st Century Legionaries might be equipped with such a sidearm as this tactical Gladius, not only in homage to its soldiers of antiquity, but for the proven thrust and chop design; the steel of which an Empire was built.
Great for the Price…And what it actually is. This item is an excellent light cutter. However, it is by no means a “sword”; this blade is much more akin to a machete than a sword. The blade is just slightly more than half as thick as most high-quality gladius replicas. This tool functions wonderfully for clearing brush, light field work, and fun test cutting but is not particularly effective for much else. The blade is “high carbon steel” but I doubt that it has been properly tempered. I have done some pretty hard testing with this blade and it has held up admirably; I have chopped down a small sapling (3-4 in. or 7-10 cm.) with no edge damage and I have cut a lot of other varied material with it as well (I even once accidentally struck a brick wall with the blade and it had only minor nicks in the blade edge). The blade comes decently sharp out of the box but will need to be sharpened for a “shaving sharp” edge. The handle is very comfortable in the hand and the whole sword balances very well. The sheath is of okay quality but is not the greatest. Overall if you want a fun tool/toy that looks cool and functions very well for what it actually is and for the very reasonable price I recommend this wholeheartedly. The five star rating is for me relative; this is far from Albion, etc. level quality but for the price range it is fantastic. P.S. This is a far superior option to the Cold Steel tactical gladius offering.
Like the previous reviewer said, this blade is fine for what it is. It’s a $40 gladius facsimile. Now Good and Bad.
It’s cheep as hell.
Factory ground blade was pretty good.
Very thin blade (good luck taking a swing at anything solid without hitting exactly perpendicular to it and not permanently bending or breaking the blade). Blade looks like it was stamped out of a piece of thin sheet steel, had a handle mounted, sharpened under a robot grinder, then tossed in the box.
Cheap sheath. Nylon and plastic won’t survive much use.
Again, I don’t want to be too rough with the review, it is after all a bargain play sword; it is what it is.
DL Miller –
I have owned this sword for over 5 years, (among many other higher quality swords). It is not a tool. It is not a toy. It is a weapon. Period. It is cheap and it is not strong enough for heavy chopping. However, it is a superior cutter, extremely fast in the hand, and ideal for close quarters fighting. It is extraordinary in the thrust, and a decent cutter. I would trust it against flesh, fabric, test cutting materials, and that’s about it. Finally, you can carry it and call it a machete, getting around socially and legally awkward carry situations.
I enjoy test cutting with it almost as much as I enjoy test cutting with high quality, two-handed swords.
It is light, cheap, and a “machete” eliminating most barriers to EDC.
It is a gift to anyone who knows the ability to defend one’s self and others is not just a right, but a duty.
By contrast, the Cold Steel gladius machete is more a tool and a toy than a weapon.