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Roman 3rd Century Spatha

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(2 customer reviews)


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This Late Roman Spatha has a wide and long dual-fullered blade of high carbon steel; the hilt is crafted from wood and the pommel nut is brass. A black felt tab is atop the guard to cushion it from contact with the scabbard – it can be removed if desired.

The wooden scabbard is bound in leather and completed with a brass chape, locket and suspension loop.

Overall Length39''
Blade Length30 3/4''
Weight2 lb 3.9 oz
Width56.6 mm
Thickness4.7 mm - 4.4 mm
P.O.B.9 7/8''
Grip Length4 1/2''
Blade [EN45 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
Country of OriginIndia

2 reviews for Roman 3rd Century Spatha

  1. David R.

    Great, Affordable Spatha As a martial arts enthusiast who writes novels and articles about the fall of Western Rome, I became obsessed with getting a spatha. Unfortunately, spatha are rarer than most replica swords, and the designs of most of the ones available (except the really expensive Albion ones) didn’t speak to me. Then this one came along (sometime in the last few months, I believe). I really like the design, which has the classic look found on most gladius, but is different enough to give it a uniqueness. I also liked the double fuller blade design.

    Now that I’ve had the sword for a few days, I can say the weapon is very sturdy. It looks and feels really good. Nothing shakes or rattles. The hilt is well-tooled wood and feels good in the hand (though I am still working on the ideal way to grip it). Most of my previous swords have either been two-handed or lighter single-handed ones (i.e. rapier, gladius, Chinese jian) and so I will say I was surprised by how heavy this sword is. I think that would be an advantage for battle in a shield wall, but it is going to take some practice to get control over and I expect my wrist and forearm are going to have to toughen up. The scabbard is really nice – though I hated the color (which is orangish-brown as it appears in the photos). This color is probably right for the Late Antiquity period (when soldiers wore white instead of scarlet and dark leather, and lighter colors prevailed in art and fashion). I figured that I could probably darken the scabbard with shoe polish if needed, but it is starting to grow on me anyway. One more downside of the sword is that it only comes un-sharpened (though it is heavy and pointy enough to bludgeon most enemies of Rome you may happen to encounter). Over-all, I am very happy with this sword, especially for the money.

  2. Bryan B. (verified owner)

    Picked up this piece due to its apparent sturdy blade and general durability for the price. I don’t do much abusive testing but from the cut tests I have performed I was pleased with the results. With the sharpening service, the edge is quite the performer and the blade can handle a lot of heavy impacts. The look of the sword is also nice and appears to be historically accurate. The scabbard is also a fitting companion to the sword in terms of both its appearance as well as its solid construction.

    My biggest issues involve the wood grip. The blade is already tip-heavy and a lack of proper counterweight in the pommel means you’ll have to overcome some imbalance. This issue does seem surmountable through strength building exercises with the spatha it’s worth mentioning if you don’t want to constantly workout your wrist and forearm as you adjust to the sword’s weight.

    Another issue I’ve run into is the pommel. As mentioned previously it is an improper counterweight to the blade yet is somehow also too bulky and wide. Just bending my wrist up and down with the sword in a chopping motion causes the pommel to dig into my wrist, which is certainly annoying and to someone with less patience could even be a deal-breaker.

    In short, this is a good sword for the price and likely the best Spatha you’ll find short of forking over the thousand dollars for an Albion. However, it requires a good deal of getting used to considering the problems with the grip and pommel. I would recommend possibly sanding down the edge of the pommel to make it more comfortable or, since it’s a nut pommel, simply getting the entire hilt replaced with one of higher quality. That said, I really like the blade and could see this being an excellent addition to anyone’s collection. Just wear some gloves during cut tests!

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