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Julien M




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PostPosted: Tue 21 Feb, 2017 11:50 am    Post subject: Entry Level Gladius advice - Deepeeka any good?         Reply with quote

I may be tempted by one of those.
As far as swords are concerned, I'd never consider Deepeeka - the shortcomings are plain for me to see.
That said, roman weaponry is not my usual area of interest and I know Deepeeka is well used among roman reenactors.

From afar, these look the part, with glorious scabbards and are rock bottom price.

Anyway - any feedback on the quality, handling and historical accuracy of these? I've looked around, seen dismounted pieces with very thin and narrow tangs, fittings that may be slightly over sized, heard about soft blades.
But read that Deepeeka had steadily improved - but if the "primus" line is the result I'm not convinced (judging by the handful of swords that came out of it).

Cheers.
J

Fulham Gladius
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH2007&name=Fulham+Gladius
Legionary Mainz Gladius
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH4209A&name=Legionary+Mainz+Gladius
Roman Maintz Gladius with Embossed Scabbard
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH4209&name=Roman+Maintz+Gladius+with+Embossed+Scabbard
Tiberius Gladius
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AH2008&name=Tiberius+Gladius



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PostPosted: Tue 21 Feb, 2017 2:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Code:
https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/48912/deepeeka-tiberius-gladius-sword-review

You might want to check out this.


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Feb, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I own a few recent Deepeeka products, and their quality actually has improved over years past. Their blades are *so-so*...a bit heavy, and polish is hit-n-miss at best. You might say they are Windlass on Welfare. Laughing Out Loud Their gladii look decent, but that's pretty much all. Don't plan on doing any cutting, but they would do fine for costume wear or display. Just my two cents... someone else might offer a different opinion. Their Viking models are pretty much back-ordered on KoA, so that says something about their sales. Happy But..for the price...well...you get what you pay for. Happy .....McM
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PostPosted: Tue 21 Feb, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Perhaps a bit old but in case you haven't seen it... http://www.larp.com/legioxx/gladius.html

If Matthew Amt doesn't notice & chime in within a few days you might try a pm to him.

If you get one do you plan to improve it?
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Julien M




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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 2:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thx for the feedback guys. I'd seen that SBG review - the hilt is grossly over sized...

Not sure if I want to take on a project of this nature. If I was to, I'd go for the best blade I can find and work from there (which would be an albion mainz blank).
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 3:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Julian, there was a fantastic thread on the romanarmy forum where you had the owner of Deepeka going through all of his designs and taking on all of the feedback from the experts there.

The prototypes looked fantastic but I have no idea on how to actually find them in the wild.
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 3:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey William, sounds great - would you have a link?

SOTW gladius also offers popular entry level models: http://www.soulofthewarrior.com/roman
Not overbuilt and looking real nice. Pretty cool for 150$
But I read on their mainz model page: "Weapon is made of sharpenable mild steel"
http://www.soulofthewarrior.com/product-page/sotw-evocati-gladius

Roman blades have a reputation of mediocre quality...but mild steel seems an awkward choice for a blade...(maybe they mean EN45 tempered?)


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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here we go.

http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/thread-24636.html

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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 5:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William M wrote:
Here we go.

http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/thread-24636.html

You will have to make an account to view the thread.


Thx William!

Carl W. wrote:

If Matthew Amt doesn't notice & chime in within a few days you might try a pm to him.
?

Will just do that Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 7:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yup, I'm here! Saw the post a couple days ago, but I've been out of the loop on Roman stuff for a while, and haven't actually seen most of these Deepeeka pieces in person. So I'm not sure how much good information I can give!

I've got one of the old 4209 Mainz swords myself. The hilt parts seem a little off in shape, and the grip is usually too long. I rather like the blade profile, BUT I have noticed that they vary quite a bit in weight and balance! The scabbard can be rather huge, and the decoration is pretty cheesy, not rich and full like the originals.

The 2007 Fulham and 2008 Tiberius look good to me. Definitely nice scabbards! Good blade shapes, decent hilts overall. The fluted pommel and guard on the Fulham are rather over-used, but a couple originals do exist. The simpler horizontal lines or ribs on the Tiberius are much more common.

I really don't like the blade profile on the 4209A "Legionary Mainz". It reminds me a lot of the horrible thing MRL came up with many years ago, basically just their Pompeii with some grinding. The waisting is just way too long and the whole shape is yucky. Nice scabbard!

As far as blade quality goes, I honestly don't know! It's probably a step above "mild" steel, but I simply haven't worked with enough *good* swords or steels of known alloys to be able to tell. I have generally just assumed that these are at least as good as the government-issue junk the legionaries were using 2000 years ago! Certainly I've seen photos and drawings of original swords with scary-thin tangs and the like (including asymmetrical edges, crooked points, etc.). The weight and balance will probably vary.

I agree that hilt parts are very difficult to size properly. It's very common for Indian grips to be too long, for starters, though they're getting better on that. (*Deepeeka* is, at least!) But just seeing photos of originals in cases, or even having "scale drawings"--very small drawings--in various books can easily result in hilt pieces that are still too big. I've never been able to examine originals in person, beyond snapping a few photos back in the 1980s. So I've gotten used to Deepeeka hilts and don't really see them as horribly massive. Are they? Dunno!

One frustrating thing is that Deepeeka seems to add new items without really revising or dropping their old ones! So you can still get the older models with all the flaws, and the way they do catalog numbers means that it's very easy for a vendor to send you the wrong thing. Many customers won't even notice the error.

Oh, fair warning--Soul of the Warrior is not always the best place to do business with. Rusty is a great guy, and will NEVER rip you off intentionally. But he's just not the ace businessman and it can be VERY hard to get anything from him that isn't in stock. And you might not *know* it's in stock or not when you order... My advice, if you see him at an event with a tent full of stuff to sell, buy what you like.

And yes, my poor website is in dire need of an update! I've been cut off from it for a while, and have to rattle the webmeister's cage to reset my password and such. Even then, a massive update is not likely, since I put most of my attention on Greek stuff these days. But I'll try to fix the worst problems at least!

Bottom line, Deepeeka is aimed at people who can't make stuff themselves, and need a reasonably historically accurate gladius (or whatever) right out of the box. For them, this is heaven. For many of us "more advanced" folks, if you're looking for a GOOD blade, especially for a DIY project, Deepeeka may not be the best place to shop.

I hope that helps!

Matthew
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 8:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For what it's worth...I noticed that KoA has one of the 'Titus Vespasianus' models for sale in their 'Scratch and Dent' section. Only $120. I've bought some of their factory blemished items before, and it's usually very minor cosmetics. Pretty nice looking model.... Wink .....McM
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

D have had some interesting pieces appear of late, not just roman that look nice,
but the numbers on the speks tend to show the problems, which is a shame really,
25% less material used would be to their benefit and ours,
I would disagree the albion bare blade is your best option currently,
with the -$ exchange closer to home is a more interesting option,
Mark V had some great looking roman stuff in his portfolio folder, yet to be put on his site, lazy git, Laughing Out Loud
this would be cheaper for a fully finished blade than import and tax and etc, i'd guess, Wink
ordering over the water,
http://www.swordsmith.net/roman.html
yes a tad more expensive, but if your going to put the hours and the effort in with the hilt and scabbard, why not,
Mark makes some great stuff,
there is also a guy that does TORM every year, cant think of his name, the roman guy, but nice stuff, very reasonable, Tod would know his details I bet,
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PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The more I look at the Deepeeka models, the more I notice some serious (if not spectacular) grinding irregularities. Chances are, I won't be impressed with these once I have one close. Scabbards are really great looking though, and I can imagine tweaking some of these fitting to something much better - but I'd have to be content with the blade such as it is.

Mark @ swordsmith.net charges 13$ per inch. a mainz would be around 23 inches...so we are looking at 300$+shipping - while the albion blank, though not finished, works out at 160$ or so (true, the is not what it used to be!)

But both implies a another lengthy DIY project...while I was looking at the easy road for once.

Valiant and Hanwei also made one, but sporting hispaniensis-ish type blades which I'm not very fond of.
I'll keep digging but suggestions welcome!

edit: regarding the over sizing, look at the scale of that D hilt! (pics from SBG) - no good



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PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just ordered the AH2007 Fulham Gladius (bottom pic, with red scabbard) at a great price from a european Deepeeka reseller (same price as KoA in fact even slightly less).

I chose this one mostly because the scabbard is rather magnificent (even including buckles and veg tan straps).
The guard features a brass plate is nicely recessed in the guard, a bone grip that looks decently made.
I dislike the pommel, finding the shape slightly off and will likely change it. This is only wood after all...I'm too accustomed to overthinking things because they usually involve hours of metal filling.
I may also get lucky on the blade - who knows!

I think this is a great kit and I hope I'm right. For half the price I was hesitating with the AH2010 Fulham Gladius (first pic below with black scabbard).
Blade and hilt had simple and clean angled lines that would have been easy to thin down, refine etc,...but the scabbard was not as attractive...and I have to say the mainz blade is really the form I am after.

Anyway - rather excited by this purchase - this reminds me of my first "upgrades" projects on MRL pieces.
It will most likely serve as training to fit an Albion blank at a later stage - that is, if I happen to like gladii once introduced to one up close. I will document one also one of these days, to check the correct size of such beasts.
Best,
J



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