Gladius Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 22"- Gladiator/ Roman Sword

Gladius Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 22"- Gladiator/ Roman Sword

Gladius Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 22"- Gladiator/ Roman Sword

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Gladius Description

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. All gladius types appear to have been suitable for cutting and chopping as well as thrusting.

Blade Material

The gladius sword is made from Pattern welded Damascus steel.  Pattern welded Damascus steel is a hard heat treated, folded carbon steel.  There are 11 pieces of steel, folded five times, making 352 layers.  The steel is the perfect combination of hardness and durability with a Rockwell hardness rating between 55 and 56 HRC.  High carbon damascus steel must contain layers of high carbon steel.  The high carbon steel we use is 1095 steel which is the highest content carbon steel used in swords.  The combination of the steel layers creates a sword that is strong enough to hold a powerful edge while having the strength and flexibility to withstand powerful collisions.  This makes the perfect steel for swords.  The handle is micarta with brass bolsters.  It comes with a leather sheath.  

Sword Details

Handle Material: Micarta with Brass Bolsters

Overall Length: 22

Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC

Number of layers:  352

Sheath: Leather sheath

Blade Material: Damascus steel

          6 Pieces of Carbon Steel #43 and #40

          5 Pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095

          1st Fold- 11x2=22 Layers

          2nd Fold- 22*2=44 Layers

          3rd Fold- 44*2=88 Layers

          4th Fold- 88*2=176 Layers

          5th Fold- 176*2=352 Layers

Gladius Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword- 22"- Gladiator/ Roman Sword

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Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Good quality damascus blade

As other reviewers have said, its a great blade. Its darker and not as yellow as in the image but its a beautiful sword and comes already sharpened.

Philip S
Absolutely Beautiful!

Truly a work of art, so much so I ordered a 2nd to have a set. I found the handle's grip to be less than ideal not because of a problem, but because my hands are large for my size. I used some leather strapping to build the handle up a bit and round it more in the center, which provided a firmer grip for my size hands. 5 full stars!

Nice, but not as nice as I thought

First let me say that the transaction with Battling Blades went fine. There was a shipping delay which was between me and the post office. Someone one in the marketing/photo department could take better photos of the item to give would be buys a better idea of what you get. That said, Brian at customer service was always answering my questions and there to help. This is a $99 sword and for the money it seems pretty good. The following are for OCD not pickers like me.

The sheath that comes with the sword is pretty basic. It's made of leather with a simple snapped keeper. The leather item in the photo (I don't know what that is) is not what you get. There are no stone pockets and so on. You get a functional sheath but nothing fancy.

The grip is difficult to visual by looking at the photo. The micarta grip is actually pretty flat. The large pommel and guard typically found on a gladius aren't really there. If you look at the layers in the picture you may see this. The description says there is a brass bolster. There isn't a separate bolster of any form if you look at the photo. They may be talking about the bolsters in the grip the support the micarta and the fastening screws... I'm not 100% on that. Grips are easy to change and modify if it's a big deal.

The blade itself is like another user noted much darker than the photo shows. The bronze color shown isn't there. Not a big deal either. The darkness of the 1095 can be lightened if the user wishes with steel wool and milder acids. On double edged blades I have a pet peeve... The point alignment where the 4 edges meet the center ridge. On most entry level blades this is always off to the left or right of the ridge. For strength the point should be on the center ridge. On the gladius it isn't far from center and will be very easy to correct. CRKT had the most misaligned points I've seen and I always need to break out the file and stones to correct it... Often more work than the knife is worth. All in all I'm happy with the blade.

In total this is a good short sword for the money. The grips and sheath are a bit wanting, at least from the marketing photo. Any true short comings can be adjusted by the end used. I'd recommend this to others.

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