Gladius, Anyone?


January 2, 2003, 12:07 PM
Where can I find a good-quality version of this Roman sword online?

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January 2, 2003, 12:28 PM
Raven Armoury ( makes one with an outstanding reputation.

I have a Windlass from Museum Replicas that is not as authentic in several smaller details, but is still a quite useable and attractive sword.

January 2, 2003, 12:37 PM

Thank you! That is a great site.


January 2, 2003, 01:07 PM
Simon does great work (I have a bunch of his stuff, back when he was less famous and I was living down the road from his shop)...for US made stuff that is a lot more affordable while still being functional, try Amy and Howy's place:


Invisible Swordsman
January 2, 2003, 01:36 PM
Albion Armorers carries several styles of gladius. Their customer service is super, and the products have a very good reputation. Heres the page the gladii are on:

Invisible Swordsman
January 2, 2003, 01:39 PM
For a lower cost option there's Kris Cutlery. Though not totally historically accurate, they make a very tough product at an attractive price. You can see more discussion of them on the Swords thread below.

Here's the page for their gladius:

January 2, 2003, 11:11 PM
Hello! First post here, and it's an appropriate one considering my username.... ;)

Anyway, here are some of my rambling thoughts on some good places to get gladii:
Albion was mentioned, and they're certainly among the best and are perhaps the best production gladii on the market. Kris Cutlery is also a pretty good deal, not totally historically accurate but not bad and certainly serviceable.
I am hesitant to recommend Museum Replicas (MRL). I find the new Deepeeka gladii superior to MRL's swords in terms of both historical accuracy and overall quality.
Raven Armoury has a great reputation and their stuff is beautiful. I've never had any experience with them so that's all I can say.
Other makers:
I HIGHLY recommend Erik Stevenson's work. It is beautiful and well-constructed.
Joe Piela's Lonely Mountain Forge does some good-looking work. I've never handled any of his work but he's highly regarded in some Roman Reenacting circles.

For more ideas, and for any other "Roman need", check out the Legio XX site:

Jim March
January 3, 2003, 04:21 AM
Weren't those used by those cannibals that only ate women?

January 3, 2003, 12:30 PM
Thanks all, for those leads. Those are some fascinating websites.

I think I'll get a Pompeii gladius next month, instead of the CZ75 I was considering.:)

Invisible Swordsman
January 5, 2003, 11:18 AM
Someone has an Albion Riegenholm Mainz gladius for sale on the Swordforums Classifed section. Priced at $400.00, Albion's price is $500.00.

Here's the link:

January 6, 2003, 05:21 PM
You guys just had to post a link to that nice Albion Fulham Gladius didn't you.......
Like the Lyman GPR and a parkerized 1911, I've been successfully holding off the desire to purchase one for quite some time. has a nice discussion board, along with a good review of the kriscutlery pompeii gladius. Personally, I love the Mainz and Fulham examples.

Jim March
January 7, 2003, 12:22 AM
...sure, 'cuz he was Gladheateher.


Navy joe
January 10, 2003, 12:00 AM
Jim, maybe you know a little too much sword history if you think that up. :D

January 15, 2003, 10:55 PM
Szabo Inc. (

He's got a Gladius over there, too.

There's really some interesting blades over there.
My personal faves are the gladius, the battle sickle, the UUK, and the Jaws IV. You've gotta love a guy that also makes kitchen cutlery (on his Custom page).

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