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Engraved gladisu presented to Rob Jones
Rob Jones Journey
Think you can run a marathon? How about two marathons? Better yet, how about 31 marathons in 31 days? Impossible? Don't tell that to Rob Jones, a former Marine who lost his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan. He lost his legs and ran one marathon a day for a month to raise money for wounded veterans. It's time to upscale your definition of hero.
Strongblade is proud to have provided the engraved gladius that was given to Sgt. Rob Jones upon completion of his incredible feat. Please visit robjonesjourney.com and help this selfless soldier provide support for other wounded heroes.

Swords

Sword
Above all Strongblade is a sword manufacturer and supplier.

Engravables

Engraveable swords and tankards
Swords and tankards that can be custom engraved.

LARP and Foam

LARP
Swords, axes, spears, armor and more for Live Action Role Play.

Tankards

Tankards Mugs
Tankards, goblets, mugs and steins.

Armor(Armour)

Armor
Helmets, chainmail, bracers and greaves.

Strangeblade

fantasy gifts
Unicorns, dragons, fairies and other fantasy gifts.

Flintlocks

Flintlock Replicas
Flintlock, blunderbuss and pistol replicas.

Costumes

costumes
Masks, elf ears, medieval clothing and other costumes.

Jewelry

jewelry
Pendants, bracelets, rings, lockets and more.

Ye Old Bargins

Sale and Closeout Items
Sale, Closeout and Scratch and Dent Items

Engraving Gallery

Engraving Gallery
Some of Our Impressive Engravings

Proclamations

  • October 2017: Upgraded our website search enging with enhanced filtering to help you find the exact product you are looking for.
  • September 2017: What could be cooler than a custom engraved Force FX Lightsabers. Now they are available from Strongblade.
  • August 2017: We have had several customers ask us if we can engrave our axes so we are now offering two axes which can be engraved through our online engraving utility. They are the Double Bladed Battle Axe and the Single Bladed Battle Axe.
  • July 2017: We have expanded our Quicksilver Series of Affordable/Engravable Daggers to include several new swords. Sometimes bigger is better.
  • June 2017: Strongblade announces the release of engraving sleeves. The biggest advancement in sword engraving since....well since ever!
  • April 2017: Stronblade launches its engraving gallery which showcases our engraving capability.
  • February 2017: We have doubled down on our jewelery offering with many more models an varieties in stock for fast delivery.

Featured Products

$86

George Washington Flintlock Pistol

George Washington Flintlock Pistol

$77

Latex Woodland Elven Sword

Latex Woodland Elven Sword

$15

Elven Foam (LARP) Throwing Knife

Elven Foam (LARP) Throwing Knife

$37

Lizzard Skull  Latex Mask

Lizzard Skull Latex Mask

$47

Celtic Dragon Pewter Tankard

Celtic Dragon Pewter Tankard

$404

Norwich Falchion

Norwich Falchion


Roman Pugio Dagger

Daggers
Before there were swords, before even spears, there came the dagger. In fact, the dagger was quite possibly the first real dagger ever created by man. Oh sure, it may not have been called a dagger back then, more of a knife really, made from stone then chipped and scraped into a sharp point. It is believed that Thag the Smart Guy, a popular caveman from prehistoric times, first invented the dagger to kill a rival caveman named Grung. He is quoted as saying "Me tired of Grung hitting me with rocks. Me gonna fix him." However, since this whole incident took place before recorded history, that's all hearsay.

The true dagger is a dagger that has both edges sharpened. The length and width of daggers varied quite a bit throughout history, especially early on, when the line between dagger and sword was notably blurred. Typical daggers tend to be no more than 14 inches or so in length, with European daggers usually having crossguards and pommels (and, knowing medieval Europeans, probably bloodstains as well).

Swords supposedly owe their existence to daggers. In the arms-race of ancient history, daggers allegedly became longer and longer until they became in all respects, swords. When swords took over the dominant role in combat, daggers were still kept around for several reasons; they were great for close quarters fighting, they could be hidden easily and, if weighted properly, could be thrown at opponents. Daggers were also still quite popular in the dining halls to cut and skewer food as well (seriously).

In the renaissance, daggers regained much of their popularity, but this time in a supporting role. Swords had become lighter and faster, allowing combatants to hold another dagger in their free hand. That dagger was usually a dagger and was used mostly to parry, bind or slow and opponents blade. Later, specialized daggers with large, basket-type hand guards were created to make the dagger even better suited to its new defensive role. The new dagger was often referred to as "Main-Gauche," which in French means "My Gosh!" and was said to have originated from the first guy to die when his blade was parried by one such dagger. Alright, I'm a pathological liar. I need help. "Main-Gauche" actually means "Left Hand", which is a LOT less exciting than my definition, isn't it?

Daggers have, throughout history also had more insidious roles as well. Their small size and ability to deliver quick lethal strokes made them excellent daggers for more unsavory types. Assassins relied on them because they were easy to hide. Julius Caesar, Caligula (and several other Roman Emperors), Poet Christopher Marlowe, St. Lucy, Scottish Regent Earl Douglas, and many many others in history have been assassinated by enemies wielding daggers. Another dark task given to daggers has been to dispatch of sacrificial offerings, whether the offering consisted of animals or humans. Many cultures throughout time have practiced ritual sacrifice and, usually, this was done using daggers (often ornate ones at that).

Daggers eventually gave way to knives as time went on. Knives are generally single-edged daggers and are used for a large variety of utilitarian functions, only one of which is killing things. Knives have been carried by hunters, soldiers, craftsmen, repairmen and angry, crazy people everywhere (Strongblade obviously does not condone nor tolerate any kind of illegal activity with its daggers, nor will we sell our items to anyone we think will use them irresponsibly or in a "crazy" fashion).

See Strongblade's Roman Pugio Dagger