This is an interesting Gladius that is very solidly built. Unlike many gladius the grip is generous in size making it very comfortable to wield for someone with larger hands. The larger grip is also matched with a slightly longer blade then found on most Gladius. You could almost call this sword a Short Spatha rather than a Gladius because of it's length. If you prefer a sword that you can feel than this is good for you. Coming in at 2 1/2 lbs it is a bit of a workout but also as a Spatha great for cleaving power from horseback. This is a nice sword with a great hand made feel and enough weight to command respect from the strongest of gladiators!