Derived from the sword used by Celtic tribes of ancient Iberia (Spain) and adopted by the Roman Legions, the Gladius, with its long, narrow point and wasp waisted blade, was the scourge of the battlefield and often the last thing seen or felt by Rome’s enemies.Ever popular, the Gladius is still in demand almost 2000 years later and is one of Cold Steel’s most frequently requested swords to make, so they decided to offer a modern version of this ancient classic in a very affordable machete/sword format. Made from 1055 Carbon Steel. Hand sharpened to a murderous point and wicked edge, it offers 19″ of unprecedented piercing and slashing power at a bargain price. Sporting an extra wide, full tang for strength and a classically inspired handle, it offers the standard guard and ball shaped pommel of years gone by. Made of high impact Polypropylene, it’s impervious to the elements, and rugged beyond belief. Includes Cor-Ex Sheath and belt loop.