The Gladius, Latin for "sword," embodies the spirit of the Ancient Roman foot soldiers. As the primary weapon of these valiant men, its origin can be traced back to the swords of the early Greeks. During their conquests in the 3rd century BC, the Romans, recognizing the brilliance of the Celtiberians' blade designs, adopted a similar style, evolving it to become what's known as the gladius Hispaniensis or the Hispanic Sword.
Imagine the fierce Roman formations, javelins piercing the air, targeting enemy shields. Once formations were disrupted, soldiers would then step into the melee, their gladius in hand. Led by their shields and with a thrust of their sword, they'd engage their adversaries. Whether it was a swift cut, a heavy chop, or a precise thrust, the gladius was designed for it all.
Exquisite Blade Craftsmanship
Our Gladius pays homage to this legacy but introduces modern craftsmanship. The blade is forged from Pattern-welded Damascus steel, a magnificent canvas of 352 layers created from 11 pieces of steel folded five times. This heat-treated, folded carbon steel offers a harmonious balance of resilience and durability, evident from its Rockwell hardness rating of 55-56 HRC.
At the heart of this Damascus steel lies high carbon steel, specifically the renowned 1095 steel, celebrated for having the highest carbon content ideal for swords. When combined, these layers result in a blade formidable enough to retain a sharp edge, yet flexible enough to absorb the shocks from powerful collisions. This truly is the epitome of perfect sword steel.
Handle: Carved from sturdy wood and adorned with gleaming brass bolsters, offering both comfort and an aura of antiquity.
Sheath: Handcrafted leather, ensuring the blade remains protected, enhancing the sword's longevity.
- Carbon Steel: 6 pieces of #43 and #40
- High Carbon Steel: 5 pieces of 1095
- 1st Fold: 22 Layers
- 2nd Fold: 44 Layers
- 3rd Fold: 88 Layers
- 4th Fold: 176 Layers
- 5th Fold: 352 Layers
The item received, is exactly as described by the seller. It arrived on time, securely packaged & undamaged. It's absolutely stunning! Also, when they tell you it's sharp, that too is spot on. Be very-careful when unwrapping, you can get cut! Very pleased with the sword.