The Fulham Gladius has a blade of unsharpened high carbon steel. The guard and pommel are of intricately carved wood and the grip is of carved bone. A guard-plate of brass it inset into the guard at that base of the blade.
The elaborate companion scabbard is crafted from wood and overlaid in red leather. The scabbard is lined in brass and inset with embossed plates on a single side that are richly adorned in Roman imagery and symbology, including Romulus and Remus with their Wolf mother – the mythological founding of Rome. The scabbard has brass hanging rings and an integrated sword belt of red leather and brass fittings.
Deepeekas Fulham Gladius is modeled on the remains of an original 1st Century Gladius contained within the collection of the British Museum. This Romano-British Gladius, deemed the Fulham was found either in or alongside the River Thames. All that remained was the blade with a broken tang, which was fitted within the frame and plates of the scabbard – the wood of the scabbard and the components of the hilt having long since decomposed.
The blade of this particular original is the founding example of the Mainz-Fulham type Gladius – a blade that seems to be a compromise between the straight-edged Pompeii style and the Mainz with its waisted mid-section and widened base and tip. The Mainz-Fulham has much of the characteristic geometry of the Mainz, but the blade edges are much more parallel and straighter in profile – the blade is also thinner the Mainz, but does retain the very long and sharply angled tip of the Mainz. This is a blade type that was surely a vicious thrusting weapon, yet it retains more than enough width to deliver effective chops and hacks. The long and thin tip was ideal for thrusting into chainmail and bringing impact and force onto a single ring, giving the sword thrust the possibility of splitting the ring.
The embossed plates on the scabbard are modeled after the well-preserved originals. The curator of the collection which includes this original Gladius believes that these plates may have been a mass-produced product.