Based on an original excavated from the ruins of Pompeii, the Roman Gladius was the sword of choice for Caesar's legions. They chose the Gladius as their principal sidearm because it was practical, efficient, and excellent in close combat. The early Gladius (our version is of the Maintz pattern) was wasp-waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. This is the sword that conquered most of the known world. Our Design Toscano historic Roman Gladius sword reproduction features a cast metal pommel, hilt and finger grip. The full tang sword blade is forged of carbon steel, tempered for strength and meticulously polished to a superb finish. Complete with a faux leather scabbard featuring embossed Roman designs while the belt loops allow easy wall hanging. Not a toy, but a museum-quality collectible sword.