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Mercer L. Blaire




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PostPosted: Tue 06 Dec, 2016 4:27 pm    Post subject: Pompei Gladius dimensions         Reply with quote

Hey guys, im wanting to make myself a Proper Pompei gladius and im having trouble finding actual measurements. Im trying to determine how wide/long the blade should be, as well as how acute the tip angle should be and the max cross section width. Id appreciate any info you guys have, i dont want to just go based off production swords because you never know if theyre just making up specs or if they are looking at real originals. Thanks
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Neil Melville




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Dec, 2016 4:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Mercer, if you can get hold of a new 'Osprey' book: 'The Gladius', by Mike Bishop, one of the real experts on Roman arms and armour, you will find all the details you want - tables of dimensions taken from genuine finds. And not just 'Pompeii' type but 'Mainz' and ring-pommel types as well. Good luck.
Neil

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Mercer L. Blaire




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Dec, 2016 7:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

awesome sounds like exactly what i need, thanks!
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Encho Yakovchev




PostPosted: Wed 07 Dec, 2016 9:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here you can find the very famous Guttmann gladius blade dimensions (now in Royal Armouries, Leeds):
https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-52750.html

By the way, the new Deepeeka Pompeii blade (http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=...peii+Sword) is nearly spot on!
And if you're not into making scabbards - the scabbard on this one is a decent copy of the Nijmegen Pompeii. I have it (for the folks in Europe - bought from armae.com (FR) - online shop with an excellent service) and like it quite a lot.


Hope this helps.
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