Roman Pilum

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Description of the Product

This was the principal weapon of the Roman legionnaire, well designed to destroy the ability of the opponent's shield defense. The short head could easily penetrate a wooden shield, and the long neck prevented the head from being cut off. Thus encumbered, the shield was rendered useless, leaving the opponent unprotected. Made of mild steel, the Pilum would easily bend, preventing it from being thrown back (when the heat of the battle had subsided, it could be retrieved and straightened). Our Square Pilum replica is of a late version that is slightly weighted to aid penetration, common about 100 CE. Pole not included. 32mm (1-1/4") rod available at any home improvement store fits this Pilum.

Weight app. 1.6kg
(2 ¼ lbs), overall 105cm
(40”), blade appr. 5cm
(2”). Socket approx. 31mm
wide at mouth. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

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