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Roman Swords and Greek Swords

Roman Swords and Greek Swords

Whether you're standing shoulder to shoulder on the beaches of Troy or facing down a Thracian gladiator in Rome, these are the swords you would have used.
SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius

$94

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This magnificent gladius features a wasp style blade and a beautifully carved wooden grip. Each segment of the grip is carved deep for a secure hold, and separated with polished brass spacers.

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

The Legionnaire: Rugged, Crowned Roman Gladius with Leather Grip

$77

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This gladius is a gorgeous version of the sword that conquered 75 percent of the known world. It's a replica of a standard "Pompeii" style gladius, with a few important modifications. The greatest is the "Crowned" pommel which provides extra grip area.

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

Ancient Greek Hoplite's Phalanx Blade

$68

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The Hoplite's blade has an oak-leaf shape, slightly wider toward the point than at the base of the blade. The tho silvered guard is simple and efficient. The pommel is also silvered to a mirror finish.

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

Roman Gladius Type III with Double Loop Scabbard

$84

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This gladius is an exceptional piece. The carved bone grip and polished wood guard and pommel are unique features. It is light and accurate with the classic V-tip that is deal for thrusting. A sturdy rhomboid cross section gives this blade outstanding strength.

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard

$88

Out of Stock

The Praetorian is one of our highest end Roman Gladius. With a beautiful high-carbon steel blade, signature V-tip design, stunning polished-hardwood hilt and a blow-your-socks-off gilded sheath, it doesn't get much better.

SBA-LAKONIA

SBA-LAKONIA

Spartan Lakonia 20-inch Short Sword with Bronze Grip and Guard

$85

Out of Stock

Based on the traditional Spartan design, this Lakonia features a high carbon blade oak leaf shape blade and a solid brass hilt. It is solid yet well balanced We offer it with both tempered and non-tempered blades.

SBC-CAESARSWORD

SBC-CAESARSWORD

Imperator - Richly Detailed, Decorative Gladius of Julius Caesar

$199

Out of Stock

SBC-GLADIUSDECIMUS

SBC-GLADIUSDECIMUS

Tenth Legion Roman Tribune Gladius
With Decorative Sheath

$132

Out of Stock

SBC-GLADIUSMAINTZRED

SBC-GLADIUSMAINTZRED

Decorative Mainz Gladius, Red

$123

Out of Stock

SBMU-ROMANPUGIO

SBMU-ROMANPUGIO

Fully Tempered Roman Pugio Roman Pugio by Windlass Steelcrafts

$79

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Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

The Roman Gladius has a long and prosperous history. Originally a Spanish sword, the Romans saw the effectiveness of the sword and quickly adopted it for their own troops.

The gladius was used primarily for stabbing, so it features a fearsome v-shaped tip, great for slipping through the spaces in ribs, or through the cartilage itself if aim was bad or mood particularly grim. The versatile sword could also be used to slash; both edges were sharpened and deadly. The sword was ideal for the Romans, who used it in formation, with all soldiers drawing their swords from their right side with their right hand (this bit of conformity kept legionnaires from accidentally dissecting their immediate neighbors). The small swords were the perfect complement to the huge scutum shields (easy killer, I said Scutum) that the soldiers used in their formations, giving the troops speed and the ability to withdraw the sword quickly and defend themselves solely with the shield.

Gladiators naturally adopted a (shorter) version of the gladius as one of their primary swords and, in a burst of wild creativity, were named after their swords. Want some more nutsy creativity? Well, then consider this: Gladius in Latin means .... sword. Are we getting too abstract for you?

The Pompeii Gladius was one of the latest versions of the sword. One similar to this one was found in the ruins of the once mighty Roman colony. You'll recall that Pompeii had some volcano problems in 79 B.C. and ended up bundled nicely in the ancient version of packing peanuts. Bad for them, good for archeologists.

Watch the new "Rome" HBO series closely and you'll see swords with blades similar to this one. But know that the one we sell is ten times the sword that any of those early Romans carried. Well, at least three times anyway.

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