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Roman Gladius

Sword of Rome

The favored weapon of the Roman military was the Gladius. Latin for steel, this distinctive blade was designed to be short, with stress placed on a sleek style created for stabbing and jabbing. This allowed the Romans to attack while in formation, by shifting their shields to the left, delivering a thrust, and retracting their Shields back in place to maintain a wall of defense. The Gladius is believed to have originated in Spain, though some origins track it back to the Celtic weapons of earlier era’s .There are 2 main kinds of Gladius, those being the Mainz and the Pompeii. The Mainz style has an extended point and a small waist, giving it a somewhat leaf-shaped blade. The Pompeii style was the shorter of the 2, with straight cutting edges and a broader, triangular tip.

Cold Steel 97GMSZ Gladius

Cold Steel Gladius

Made of 1055 Carbon Steel with a baked on Matte anti-rust finish, Cold Steel’s Gladius features the classic guard and ball shaped pommel of years gone by, but with the added strength and durability found with full-tang construction and modern materials. They use a rugged, high-impact Polypropylene for their handle, making it almost impervious to the elements. I think this is a good version of a Gladius at a very reasonable price.

United Cutlery UC3009 Combat Commander

United Cutlery Gladius

Made with 1065 Carbon Steel, thick and razor sharp, this sword is built to defend. The TPR rubberized handle provides a secure grip when wielding this sword.
I think this is a good version of a Gladius at a very reasonable price.

Poshland Damascus SW-149

SW-149 Damascus Gladius

Upping the game is this Handmade Damascus Steel sword, with a Rosewood and Bone handle. This sword has a beautiful Damascus Steel blade made from 1095 and 15N20 alloy steels with 176 true layers forged into a beautiful and distinctive pattern. The hardness of the blade is HRC 58-60 and is hand sharpened to a keen edge. I don’t know if I would want to use this as a machete though, as it’s just too pretty to mess up.

History of the Gladius

History of the Gladius

Based on historical accounts, excavated artifacts and scientific analyses of the blades, this book explores the development of the Gladius, the terror it inspired and the wounds that it inflicted. Writer, publisher, and archaeologist M.C. Bishop is an authority of Ancient Rome at war, with an emphasis on arms and armor. He has written, co-written, or edited dozens of books and articles on the subject, and leads tours of Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman sites.


Survival Self Defense - How to protect yourself and your family
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Discover the secrets to defending yourself and your family when disaster strikes!