Posted: Sat 17 Sep, 2011 10:01 pm Post subject: Customized Windlass Mainz Pattern Gladius
I recently purchased a used Windlass Mainz Pattern Gladius and decided to make a few modifications to it in order to improve its' appearance and handling.
First I disassembled the sword.
I then radiused the tang / blade shoulder junction. While I had the sword apart I re-polished the blade from an almost mirror polish to a satin polish using a gray Scotch Bright pad.
Next I stripped the the old finish ( a reddish stain that hid the grain of the wood) off the guard and pommel. I re-finished both of these pieces using Watco Danish oil.
The plastic grip was replaced with a hardwood (I can't remember which hardwood) grip I made.The replacement grip starts out round in cross section near the pommel and gradually changes to a more oval shape as it gets closer to the guard. It also was given a Danish oil finish.
At this point I replaced the 1/4" steel guard plate with a 1/16" brass plate and inset it into the base of the guard.
I also filed grooves into the pommel nut to improve the way it looked.
Lastly I reassembled the hilt using epoxy to help strengthen the hilt.
Here are some photographs of the sword:
The sword in its' original configuration.
The modified sword.
The blade tip showing the satin finish.
The guard plate
The pommel nut
It was a fun project to do. So much fun in fact, I just bought an used Windlass Pompeii Gladius and plan on modifying it.
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