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Roman sword of Saxon origin with carbon steel blade and blunt end. Wooden handle and knob. It includes wooden sheath covered with leather. This sword Feltwell dates from V century AD and was found in the English city...

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Spatha cavalry roman steel sheet and prints, saves and knob with finishes in nickel and recorded. The holster is black in color with a finish of nickel. Includes support for on-board.
Roman Germanic Spatha functional Ulfberth® manufactured in Germany. Corrugated sheet carbon steel hand-forged EN 45 well tempered with a hardness of 48 HRC. The full tang is riveted to the pommel. The handle is wood...
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General Maximus sword with blade forged by hand in high carbon steel. It bears a brass and wood grip with very detailed work. Includes leather-covered wooden scabbard and baldric.
Roman Spatha model Podlodów, S. III. The blade is forged in steel EN45 high carbon content. The empuladura is made of wood with details in brass. Includes sheath of wood covered in leather with finishes of brass. This...
Roman Spatha with sheath, S. II. The blade of this sword is made of steel EN45 high carbon content. The handle is made of wood. Includes sheath of wood lined leather with decorations in brass. From the end of s....
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Legionarios romanos en formación

The Roman Spatha is a sword used by the warriors of the Roman Empire during the barbarian invasions. It was first used by the cavalry and then also by the Roman infantry. The Roman Spatha is a larger sword than the gladius (70-100 cm.)

How is the Spatha

The Roman Spatha was presented as a long combat sword, it had a straight, double-edged blade. Being a descendant of the famous Gladius , the same materials will appear:

  • The guard and pommel used to be in wood or bronze, sometimes with brass parts.
  • The hilt was in animal bone, leather or wood.
  • The scabbard was made of wood covered with leather and with metal details.

This type of sword was intended for attacking the opponent from a further distance, using slashing blows instead of thrusts. The main difference with the Gladius is in its size: the Spatha used to measure between 75 and 100 cm. This type of sword was less manageable than the Gladius but suggested a "safe distance" when fighting barbarians.

Types of Roman Spathas

There are different types of Spathas depending on their blade, guard, handle or pommel. These are the best known:

Spatha Felt Well

The Spatha Feltwell appears in a Roman villa at Feltwell, near Norfolk, England. It is thought that it may be from the 4th century AD. Handle and pommel in wood.

Spatha Buch-Podlodów

The original is from the 3rd century and was found in Podlodów, Poland, archaeological region of the Przeworsk culture. It has the peculiarity of having a corrugated blade with several grooves.

Spatha Roman Cavalry

The Roman equipment evolves and from the end of the second century AD the Cavalry adopts the Roman long sword, Spatha and leaves aside the Gladius .


The most recent Spatha from the end of the 3rd century AD The Late Roman Spatha has the longest blade with double fluting which reduces the weight of the sword for better maneuverability.

Why The Spatha Replaced The Gladius

At the time of the barbarian invasions, the Roman Empire had difficulty containing enemy attacks. Although the invaders' battle tactics were not very good, they managed to win battles due to two main motivations: their brutality and their weapons.

The weapons most used by the barbarians were axes and swords. The swords they used were long swords, typical of the Nordic lands, one and a half hands and two hands. With these long swords he could keep the Roman soldier at a distance, without giving him the chance to attack, since the Gladius sword was used for melee attacks and to launch lunge attacks. It then became a problem for the Roman army as they had to change weapons and train soldiers for battles with long swords.

Many experts say that this repentant change in battle technique was fatal for the Roman Empire that lost prestige and was one of the reasons that led to the fall of Rome.

TRAINING in arms of the Roman legion

The training of the Roman soldiers with the new sword led them to study new attack techniques, leaving aside the fearsome thrust, the favorite blow when the Gladius sword was used. The first to use this sword were the knights, who needed a longer sword to hit the opponent since they were mounted on top of their horses.

Soldiers adopted this type of sword later. As with the Gladius , soldiers will be able to train with wooden Spathas to avoid injuries or blows that could take them out of battle. Gladiators began to use the Spatha only in the final days of the Roman Empire.

The Spatha was a very important weapon for the Roman army, to contrast the barbarian invasions.

Legionarios romanos en formación
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