Dating back nearly 2,100 years this extraordinary blade
represented the height of weaponry during Rome's barbaric fascination
with gladiatorial combat. According to Methos, its short broader based
blade made it lighter and easier to maneuver which was key strategy when
the fighting wore on. "The longer the battle, the worse it was," he
said. "I watched men so crippled with fatigue that they could barely
lift their swords from the ground. When that happened it was, of course,
their death knell." Methos salvaged the blade from the beheaded body of
a fallen gladiator who had been left to the whims of the vultures.
"Removing any article from a deal gladiator was vehemently forbidden and
punishable by cruxifixcion," he said. "But his fate held such powerful
symbolism for an Immortal.
This style of sword is known as a gladius hispaniensis and dates from at
least the early part of the first century BC. It was essentially a
thrusting sword capable of rupturing mail. This sword is an accurate
reproduction of a first century AD Roman sword. This decorative Roman
Sword (517) has a stainless steel blade with a bronze hilt. It is
crafted by Marto in Toledo Spain. OVERALL: 28"
Toledo is famous for its historical character, its art and its steel.
Marto inherits the testimony of the sword manufacturing traditions of
Toledo Spain among the list of the most famous swordcutlers of its time.
Their craftsmen have mastered the original art of the sword and create
with modern materials the high quality pieces the market clearly
identifies as; MARTO PRODUCTS.