Roman Pugio


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Description of the Product

The distinct shape of the Pugio blade was excellent for a close quarters fight, and was used throughout the legions, from the rank and file to the highest in command. The legionnaires used these daggers also as general tools. Outside of the army, the Pugio was a typical weapon in assassinations and suicides; for example Julius Caesar was assassinated with a Pugio. Although swords and knives were generally not worn by civilians within the boundaries of the "Pax Romana", barbarians and bandits were certainly to be found in the outlands, and a merchant or trader best go armed. No doubt many an old legionnaire must have found it easier to keep his balance with the familiar weight on his hip as he worked his farm in new won territory. A wood hilt is paired with a fully tempered high carbon steel blade. Comes complete with a wood scabbard covered in leather with brass parts. Based on remains in the British Museum.

Weight 450g (1 lb), overall 49cm
(19 ¼”), blade 31cm
(12 ¼”) long, 5.4cm
(2 1/8”) wide, 4.8mm
(3/16”) thick. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

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