The Roman Army chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical and efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. The early Gladius (our version is the Maintz pattern) was wasp-waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. Later versions (see The Pompeii) were not waisted and had a shorter point but were just as effective - and easier to make. Both swords served side-by-side for many years and it was not uncommon to find 4th century legionaires carrying the earlier model. High carbon steel. Maintz pattern version has a faux ivory grip and ornate brass applique on the scabbard.
- Overall: 28"
- Blade: 19 1⁄2" long, 2 1⁄4" wide
- Weight: 2 lbs/6 oz