Most Early versions of the Roman Gladius were wasp waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. Some of the later versions (Like our Generation2/Legacy Arms version) were made with a straighter blade but still with the long point and some slight waisting. Even later versions (like the Pompeii pattern) were not waisted at all and also had a shorter point but were just as effective - and easier to make.
Both swords served side-by-side for many years and it was not uncommon to find 4th century Legionnaires carrying either models. The gladius is known as "the sword that conquered the world". High carbon blade, hard wood handle. High polished steel spacer at the bottom of the handle for strength and durability. Sword also includes a wood scabbard wrapped in black leather with steel accents at throat and tip.
NOTE: The blade is flat. That is not a fuller in the picture.
For once the marketing hype appears to be true – this sword is easily one of the best made and strongest fully functional blades I have seen...
Review by Paul Southren
ABOUT LEGACY ARMS
Legacy Arms, formerly known as Generation 2, still leads the way in the affordable sword market creating tough, well made items for the Medieval Sword enthusiast. All blades are selectively tempered 5160 steel with a robust apple-seed edge. The tempering is designed to provide a harder edge and softer, shock resistant core so that the sword will bend or deform rather than break in the heat of combat and is faithful to many historical examples.
The hilt construction is typically in steel (passing the magnet test) unless otherwise noted and the grips are leather over wood. The tangs are peened over the pommel the traditional way for maximum overall strength. The fit and finish of these swords from Legacy Arms is quite impressive, and would be at twice the price! Made with pride in the Philippines using anvil, fire and good old muscle power.
How to Use
Suitable for backyard cutting and/or as a display piece.
Overall: 29 1/4"
Blade Length: 21"
Handle Length: 8 1/4"
Point of Balance: 2 1/2"
Materials and Construction
5160 Spring Steel Hand hammered, selectively tempered (not spring tempered) appleseed sharpened blade. All fittings hand carved from steel and peened the traditional way for maximum handle strength. Leather wrapped wood scabbard w/steel accents
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