Fulham Gladius: The Ancient Roman Sword
The Fulham Gladius is a meticulously crafted replica of the iconic swords wielded by Ancient Roman foot soldiers during their notable invasion of Britain. The name "Gladius" itself is derived from the Latin term for sword, highlighting its deep historical roots. These swords were integral to the Roman military tactics, where soldiers initially used javelins for long-range combat, then swiftly switched to the gladius for close quarters battle, usually paired with a protective shield.
Originating as a design similar to the Greek xiphos, the gladius underwent significant evolution. By the 3rd century B.C.E., Roman artisans began incorporating features from various cultures encountered in battle, notably the Celtiberians of the Celtic regions and the Hispania of Spain. This fusion of designs led to the creation of variants like the Hispaniensis Gladius, also known as the Spanish Xiphos. Over time, the gladius evolved, giving way to the longer spatha sword in the 3rd century C.E. Despite its transformations, all gladius models were adept for cutting, chopping, and thrusting. Typically measuring between 22 and 33 inches in length and weighing between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds, these swords were designed for efficiency and balance.
Notable gladius variants include the Hispaniensis from Spain, the Mainz Gladius from Germany, and the Pompeii Gladius from Rome. Our Fulham Gladius is a tribute to these legendary weapons.
This exceptional replica is forged from Pattern welded Damascus steel, renowned for its durability and strength. The blade consists of 11 pieces of steel, folded five times to create a total of 352 layers. This process ensures a perfect amalgamation of toughness and resilience, with a Rockwell hardness rating of 55 to 56 HRC. The high carbon steel used, specifically 1095 steel, is the premium choice for sword-making, providing an unmatched combination of a strong edge and the ability to withstand forceful impacts.
- Handle Material: Finely crafted wood
- Overall Length: 23.5 inches
- Sheath: Premium quality leather
- Blade Material: High Carbon Damascus Steel
- Composition: 6 pieces of Carbon Steel (#43 and #40), 5 pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095
- Layering Process:
- 1st Fold: 22 Layers
- 2nd Fold: 44 Layers
- 3rd Fold: 88 Layers
- 4th Fold: 176 Layers
- 5th Fold: 352 Layers
The Fulham Gladius Sword, with its High Carbon Damascus Steel blade measuring 23.5 inches, is not only a weapon of historical significance but also a masterpiece of craftsmanship, ideal for collectors and enthusiasts alike.