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Gladius shaped object


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Here is a pic of an almost finished gladius I've been working on off and on. I still need to clean up near the soldered on guard and where it was held in the vice when I drove on the handle and pommel. I also need to put an edge on and sharpen it though I have a video of a unsharpened cutting test, heehee.

She was made of 5160 weighs 2 lbs 2 oz. POB 4" forward of guard, overall length 28" blade length 20 3/8", width at broadest point 2 1/8" hardened in oil vertically tempered to 450F. Handle is oak stained dark, fittings are brass patina'd, need to redo the area near the guard on the blade though. I call her Imperatrix.


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