Gladius Ovidius

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Gladius Ovidius

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The gladius, known as the Roman sword, was originally used by the Spaniards. They fought so fiercely against the Roman conquerors with this weapon that they, after defeating the Spaniards, took over the weapon. The gladius was mainly meant for stabbing, this is why the tip is v-shaped and is perfectly suited for stabbing between the ribs or in the face. The blade had two sharp edges so it was also suitable for slashing. The gladii were used in combination with a large shield, the rectangular scutum. When they were in formation, the legionaries preferred to be attacked and stabbed the unprotected parts of the opponents whose attack was broken because of the impenetrable wall of shields. The gladius was developed in three phases: the gladius Hispaniensis, which was used by the Spaniards, the normal gladius and the Pompeii gladius, named after the gladii that have been excavated at Pompeii.

This sword has a length of 72 cm with a blade of 50 cm. It is delivered including a scabbard. The grip is made of wood.

Ovidius was a Roman poet who lived from 43 BC to 17 AD. He was the first Roman writer to write an epos. In 8 AD he was banned by emperor Augustus to the city of Tomi in Romania for unknown reasons.

Product details:
Length: 76 cm;
Blade length: 50 cm;
Grip length: 26 cm;
Blade width at guard: 5.4 cm;
Weight: 1600 g;
Steel type: EN45 carbon steel, hardness 48-50 HRC;
Edge: Semi-sharp;
Tang construction: Full tang construction;
Pommel: Screwed;
Grip wrapping: Wood;
Based on a historic original: Yes;
Transport weight (in gram): 3000 *

Sharpening service

This item is semi-sharp and designed for decorative purposes. It can be made razor sharp at a surcharge. When using the sharpening service, the return right and warranty expires. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.

Blunting service

The blade of this sword can be blunted (2,5-3 mm) at a surcharge of €70,00. Please note: although the thickness will be the same as a battle-ready sword, the return right and warranty expires when using the blunting service. Please contact us if you wish to use the blunting service, or make a note at the last step of your shiopping cart. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.

Tip: How to adjust the finish of your armour and weaponry
Luxurious (polished)- polish the steel with metal polish or toothpaste. You can even give the item a mirror-like polish. Test on a small surface first!
Handmade (matte)- soak the steel in cola for 40 minutes to 20 hours. Check regularly and treat with black sandpaper.
Antique (patinated) leave the steel to rust for some time in a damp environment, preferably outside. Remove the red layer of rust, to reveal the corroded top layer.

Please note. After finishing the product yourself, the warranty and return right expire. Celtic WebMerchant is not responsible for the obtained result.

De Ovidius goed verpakt ontvangen. De schroef achterop de pommel zat iets losser waardoor één en ander off centered was. Dat is even een klusje van voorzichtig aanzetten, plastic hamer benutten en die klingplaat netjes centreren. Erna weer strakker aanschroeven. Net zolang tot alles kaarsrecht is.
De Gladius zelf , thans dit individuele exemplaar, gaat onder een hele flauwe hoek scheef in de schede. Dat is een zaak van ietsje rechter frezen intern, iets uitvijlen in schede, geen punt want voor dit geld kan je het niet zelf maken.
Het houtwerk is echt prachtig te noemen met een totaalafwerking die zonder schede prachtig volstond op een display, in welke woonkamer ook.
Deze Gladius straalt grandeur uit. Het is een mooi contrast tussen pur sec hout en rustig recht stalen blad.
Van de drie Gladii die ik hier bestelde zal dit het exemplaar zijn dat ik nogmaals aanschaf.
In zijn oorspronkelijkheid, het ontwerp bezien zeer goede balans. Subtiel ontwerp pommel met concave shape laat geleiden twee handen ook enigszins toe.
Is er al een 'workhorsefactor' dan zal dit bij deze Ovidius opgaan. Prachtige Gladius, aanrader.

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