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Y MacNeil




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 9:24 am    Post subject: Authentic Roman swords and where to get them?         Reply with quote

I'm interested in Roman swords, particularly the sparthas used later on during the Roman Empire, and how they inspired more modern longswords.
Firstly I'm looking for any further information about how they were used, but also I'm interested in where I would be able to find authentic spathas for sale. I've found a couple of old listings for some gorgeous, rustic swords but unfortunately no current sales. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Henry R. Gower




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 11:40 am    Post subject: Roman Spathas         Reply with quote

When you say "authentic" I assume you mean 16-17 hundred year old Roman weapons? These are in the realm of antiquities. You might try Hermann Historica, they sometimes sell similar things in their auction catalogues, I've never looked for a spatha per se, but I know they have sold Greek and Roman helmets in the past, so why not that. As a general rule though, you are looking for an excavated item with corrosion and significant loss of metal. I leave those to museums who have the resources to conserve and curate such articles. If I wanted an "authentic" spatha, I would buy a high quality reproduction forged by a present day smith as have appeared on these posts in the not too distant past. That would make it in the shape and condition that a 3d century Roman would have seen and perhaps carried, as opposed to something in relic dug-up, condition.
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Henry R. Gower




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 11:58 am    Post subject: Roman Spatha         Reply with quote

I just had another thought-in response to your query on how swords were used in ROME. There is a recent book I just finished reading, Rome and The Sword, by Simon James. Has a lot of information on what you appear to be asking about.
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 10:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For a well researched and quality reproduction you can have a look at Albion Swords, Next Generation Swords:

http://www.albion-swords.com/

Specifically for a Spatha:

http://www.albion-swords.com/swords/albion/ne...spatha.htm

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Mark Griffin




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2015 1:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In the UK we have Hector Cole, Paul Binns and Owen Bush who are all capable of forging a spatha to very accurate period styles. Just depends on what your spec is.
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Jonathan Fletcher





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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2015 12:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Some options...

http://www.replik-online.de/en/index.html

http://www.forgeofavalon.com/index2.php?menu=celticsteel

http://www.forgeofavalon.com/index2.php?menu=...rds#swords

http://www.romanarmytalk.com/67-for-sale/3244...-sale.html

I think Albion Europe still have a spatha in stock http://albion-europe.com/swords/swords-by-tim...x?model=43

And there's another one here http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=32445
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NichoIas R




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Sep, 2015 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Anyone know a good Spathion?
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Nov, 2015 5:08 am    Post subject: Authentic Roman swords and where to get them?         Reply with quote

I am not sure where to get a good Byzantine spathion these days like this one.

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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Nov, 2015 7:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One of these days I might plunk down for something by Mark Morrow. He doesn't list prices for spatha, but I have no doubt he could do a fine job.

http://www.swordsmith.net/roman.html
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Lance Morris




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Nov, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Another bomb for mark         Reply with quote

Hey,

Auctions for an original.

For a reproduction that is epic, I second mark morrow
His url is just above
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