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Roman Gladius Sword
A classic Imperial Roman short sword, named for where an original was found in the ruins of Pompeii (reliably dating from 79 CE). Although the Pompeii blade is double edged, it does not have the distribution of mass to make it an efficient cutting sword. Our version features a full tang construction, high carbon blade, hard wood handle. High polished steel spacer at the bottom of the handle for strength and durability. A wood scabbard, wrapped in leather is included.
The blade is 3/16" high carbon spring steel with a full hefty tang. We tested it on several 2"x4" standing up and split them with no marring on the blade. We then tested it on a 2"x4" cross ways resting on each side on a solid rest and came straight down. It did not cut all the way through but it did cut deep and again did not mar the blade or edge. We then went to the ultimate test Steel-to-SteelSM. We did 9 good blows, it nicked the blade but did not break the blade not break the tang or handle in either of these test.