early versions of the gladius had wasp waisted blades with
a long point that combined cutting power with a long stabbing
point. Some later gladius, like our Roman
Maintz Sword, were made with a straighter blade but
still with the long point. Even later versions (like the
Pompeii pattern) were not waisted and also had a shorter point
but were just as effective - and easier to make. Both swords served
side-by-side for many years and it was not uncommon to find 4th
century Legionnaires carrying either models. The gladius is known
as "the sword that conquered the world". It features a full
tang construction, high carbon blade, hard wood handle.
High polished steel spacer at the bottom of the handle for strength
scabbard is included.