Primary Material: Iron or Steel
A type of heavy short sword used in various forms as the primary sidearm of the Roman Legions for something like 4 centuries, during the military peak of both the Republic and the Empire. The gladius took a lot of different forms but was typically from 24"-32" in total length, and characterized by a bar-bell handle, featuring a spherical wooden pommel and a hemispherical wooden guard, with a grip normally made of bone or ivory.
All varieties of the gladius performed similarly in combat. They were all heavy, stiff, broad -bladed double edged cut-and-thrust swords featuring a diamond or lenticular blade cross-section, ending in a sharp point. With its vicious point and overall short size the gladius is perhaps most dangerous in the thrust, though it also cut well.
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