The Roman Army’s approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical and efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. Early versions of the Gladius were wasp waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. The Roman Maintz Pattern Gladius features an unsharpened, functional, high carbon steel blade and imitation bone handle. Includes a matching wood scabbard with leather covering and brass accents.
Andrew S. –
So far very impressed with this sword for the most part! So far i’ve been very pleased with my purchase of this Gladius. The finish is excellent, the steel isn’t overly polished nor is it under polished it looks perfect in my opinion. I’m also a fan of the imitation bone grip it looks and feels great in the hand. The pommel and guard are both made out of high quality real wood which I like and it feels very durable.
I received the additional sharpening service and did some testing with it, here are the results. I started with paper, it can cut paper not as easily as other blades, but it still can for sure. Next I cut up some cardboard boxes, seemed easy enough and was pretty fun while I was doing it. Then I moved up to a Gold Peak Tea bottle filled with water to the top. These bottles are made from more dense plastic then other bottles out there. The blade cut couldn’t cut through it! I gave it a few good swings and the blade just simply wouldn’t slice it. After about three swings I got the bottle to leak but that’s it no devastating cut. I stabbed the bottle and obviously this Gladius has a wicked sharp point and it went through like a hot knife through butter with stabs and thrusts. I moved down to a Coca Cola bottle filled with water and it did end up cutting that one pretty decently. Then I moved down to a standard water gallon jug and as expected it cut it right in half no problem. After these tests no damage to the blade or anything else occurred and the sword is still holding up nice and firm just like it was out of the box.
Moral of the story is this blade is best at what it was designed to do, thrust and stab. I would recommend this Gladius to anyone looking for a good battle ready sword in the $200 price range and after more testing I will follow up with a new review if my opinions change.
Better than it looks Ive had this maybe 10+ years. Just as a novel inexpensive semi functional play piece. Sharpened and wacked at all sorts of stuff. After years of being generally abused The grip and pomel has loosened a little but thats about it. Finally it got tossed aside and forgotten after the shed it was in was crushed during a storm. Found a year later completely rusted and weathered. So wth, i figured i could try it on huge tree log. Cut through it like an ax. So am clening off the rist and keeping it still, lol
Shaun W. –
The point of perfection! Wow…this sword is very sharp looking with a wicked pointy edge making me bit nervous at first handling it, this is my first roman gladius sword and what a gem to start with. Thanks KOA for your outstanding service and top quality products every time I order!