By: Windlass Steelcrafts
The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical, 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 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. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world. This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard.. This functional sword is made by Windlass Steelcrafts. CIRCA 100 .Originals were excavated from the ruins of Pompeii. You can see examples in H. Russell Robinson's book "What The Soldiers Wore On Hadrian's Wall."
Our impression of the Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern
We have offered the Maintz pattern for several years and the quality has always been very consistent. The wood fittings are finished nicely and the blade has the unmistakable character of a hand forged blade. Assembled with a traditional threaded button makes for easy blade adjustments. The only change in design over the years has been the grip, which changed from real bone to a synthetic. The bone handles were becoming too dry and cracking during use. The new synthetic handle preserves the aesthetics of the earlier model's with increased durability while performing sword drills.
5/5 average from 23 reviews
Rated by people who own this product
"Excellent reproduction. Compares favorably with museum pieces I have viewed. It was a gift for my son who is a very discriminating collector of historic pieces and he was extremely pleased with the workmanship and overall quality." -Christopher (5/5)
"For the price, very nice." -Jay (5/5)
"The sword looked great on line and has a cheap plastic handle which became apparentl when it arrived" -Mark (2/5)
Reliks Response - We used to use bone, however it could crack an chip easily while in use. The new synthetic handle is very durable.
"The blade is a little crooked, but it's not too bad." -Jordan (4/5)
"plastic grip looks cheap but otherwise happy with product" -R. (4/5)
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