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.