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Amazing Value - Fully Functional Hand Forged 65MN Spring Steel Blade with ornate fittings and scabbard. Based on the most famous surviving example of a Roman Gladius, the Tiberius.
Based loosely on the most famous example of a Maintz Gladius from the 1st Century AD that was found in the river Rhine - unlike most other ornate replicas in this price range (many which actually use the same fittings!) this sword has a real, hard wearing factory sharpened 65MN Steel blade that is considerably stronger than any historical example ever was and would have been the pride of any high ranking Roman officer.
The original that it is based upon, called the Sword of Tiberius, is closely replicated in the only parts of the sword that survived - namely the decoration of the scabbard mouth and chape. While not an exact copy by any means this simplified version evokes the essential characteristics and style of this famous sword now on display in the London Museum (primary differences is that the original had two belt band attachments while this replica has only one - the top attachment piece on our replica inbuilt to the scabbard mouth).
The hilt - called the Capulus - was typically made of bone and wood, but high ranking officers had Capulus made of bronze or covered with a thin sheet of silver and/or gold, which this sword attempts to replicate in intricately cast and hand finished zinc.
The blade is as noted made from 65MN steel - a tough Chinese steel recently very popular for functional sword construction. While many replicas are actually somewhat too long - our version is a mid-length Gladius and is capable of delivering deadly thrusts and still have considerable chopping power for close quarters fighting.
Great value whichever way you look at it - comes complete with a custom fitted sword presentation box for gifting or storage.