The Del Tin Mainz Gladius with a scabbard has an unsharpened blade of tempered Chrome-Vanadium steel with a hardness of 50 HRC. The guard and pommel are of hardwood and the grip, likewise of wood, has been coated with white lacquer and finished to give the appearance of polished bone. The guard has a protective plate of steel at the base of the blade.
The companion scabbard has a wood core fitted over with black leather and finished with extensive antiqued brass fittings and steel hanging rings.
With a wider, waisted blade and larger hilt than the straight-bladed Pompeii gladius, the Mainz, which entered into ancient warfare around the 1st Century B.C, clearly belies its ancestry to the leaf-bladed swords of Iberia and the Gladius Hispaniensis. It is well suited to thrusting decisively, as well as delivering frightful cuts and slashes. Though the tradition of the Roman Legionary emphasized thrusting technique, they did not discount the usability of slashing and chopping when the opportunity presented itself.
Dionysus of Halicarnassus, a Greek historian, vividly retells of combat between Legionaries and Gaulish opponents in which he describes (in addition to thrusts to the body) the Romans as opportunistically using their Gladius to cut and sever the tendons of Gauls in combat, leaving them to howl like raging beasts on the ground, gnawing the rims of their shields and thrashing in a bestial fury. While perhaps Dionysuss depiction of the Gauls as beasts may be embellished to amuse his audience, there is a likely truth to a Legionary not limiting himself to thrusting techniques with the Gladius.