Pompeii Gladius Description
Pompeii Gladius swords were used to describe the primary sword of Ancient Roman foot soldiers. Gladius is Latin for sword. Early ancient Roman swords were similar to those of the Greeks. From the 3rd century BC, the Romans adopted swords similar to those used by the Celtiberians. The also adopted various versions of the sword during their conquest of Hispania. These swords were known as the gladius hispaniensis, or Hispanic Sword. Conventionally, soldiers threw javelins to disable the enemy's shields and disrupt formations before engaging in close combat where the primary weapon was the gladius sword. A soldier generally led with the shield and thrust with the sword. As a result, the gladius is a single handed sword with a handle of 4"-8" in length. All gladius types appear to have been suitable for cutting and chopping as well as thrusting. Gladius swords are also known as Gladiator or Roman Swords. Gladius typically have a blade length between 18"-24", with a total size between 24"-30" with the handle.
This gladius sword is made from 1095 steel which accurately matches the very hard steel content of ancient gladius swords. Currently, 1095 steel is the highest carbon steel commonly used in swords. It has a carbon level of .95% which is one of the highest carbon levels for any type of steel. The most common high carbon swords are 1045 steel which only have .45% carbon content in the steel. 1095 steel is known for its ability to maintain an edge and is an incredibly hard steel. 1095 steel typically has a hardness of 56-58 HRC. While lacking flexibility, the steel excels at remaining sharp even through high impact collisions.
Handle Material: Wood with Brass Bolsters
Overall Length: 28"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Leather sheath
Blade Material: 1095 Steel
Pompeii Gladius Sword- High Carbon 1095 Steel Sword- Gladiator/ Roman Sword