The gladius is the weapon that enabled the Roman legionaries to conquer a large part of the world. They were in use from around the third century BC. until the third century AD. There are different types of gladii, which are named after their place of origin. This replica is based on a late Roman original excavated in Xanten from around the third century AD. This find is difficult to classify as a certain type of gladius. Around the end of the third century people started using the longer spatha.
This luxurious gladius is an asset for collectors of classic weapons and for Roman re-enactors. It has a blade of EN45 steel and a hilt of bone and wood with a screwed pommel. It is delivered including a leather scabbard with a wooden core. The scabbard is beautifully decorated with brass fittings. The two squares show warfare and victory iconography. The bottom square shows a fully armed figure on a chariot. The top square shows a fully armed figure surrounded by victorious iconography, like laurels. The lower side is decorative, with a palmette and a decorated scabbard tip. The scabbard has brass rings so you can hang it on your belt.
Material: EN45 steel (blade), brass and wood (hilt), wood, leather and brass (scabbard)
Length: 69 cm
Blade thickness: 1 mm (semi-sharp), for decoration only
Blade length: 49 cm
Hilt length: 20 cm (grip approx. 9,5 cm)
Max. blade width: 5 cm
Point of balance: approx. 9 cm below cross-guard
Delivery incl. scabbard
Weight: 0,6 kg (1 kg with scabbard)
Based on a historical original
Transport weight (gram): 2000 *
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your weapons regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper. Remove burrs with a whetstone. Make sure you have removed all burrs before using a battle-ready weapon, as they can cause wounds.
Maintenance & care
Just as with weaponry, you can care for your shoes and leatherware by applying a little Ballistol after cleaning. This prevents the leather from drying out.
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.
The blade of this sword can be blunted (2,5-3 mm) at a surcharge. 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.
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."