With caveat that I'm not a scholar or expert, but that blade shape must have been popular because most of the legion daggers I've seen in museums match it.Beautiful metalwork, but odd shaped blade, is that normal, or does it have the look of a auxilia type arm from the late roman army ?
Compare the photo above by Legz30 and the original.... The indent is almost grip like and seems more elongated. Reminds me more of a celtic leaf blade, than an ordinary pugio.With caveat that I'm not a scholar or expert, but that blade shape must have been popular because most of the legion daggers I've seen in museums match it.
There are at least 3 different types of Pugio, with multiple sub-types of each. They were in use for a very long period, manufacturing wasn't done centrally and soldiers could opt to commission pieces of kit for themselves so there is plenty of variation.Compare the photo above by Legz30 and the original.... The indent is almost grip like and seems more elongated. Reminds me more of a celtic leaf blade, than an ordinary pugio.
Somehow reminiscent of the gladius.
More on things bladey, though this one far older than Rome.
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'A doctoral student has discovered the world’s oldest sword dating back 5,000 years in a small museum in Italy. What makes the discovery even more amazing is that Vittoria Dall'Armellina found it unintentionally. Dall'Armellina, a PhD student in archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice embarked on a “pleasure trip” to Mekhitarist Monastery, located on Saint Lazarus Island in the Venetian Lagoon.
'The Mekhitarist Monastery, which is the headquarters of the Armenian Catholic Church, has a small museum, where Dall'Armellina discovered the sword among other weapons. In an interview with LiveScience, she said the unusual shape of the weapon made her realise that the sword was not a medieval weapon and was made significantly earlier. "I thought that I knew that type of sword and that I was certain it was contemporary with those of Arslantepe and Sivas", Dall'Armellina told LiveScience referring to swords that date to 3,000 BC.'
The weapon is made of arsenical copper, an alloy that was used to make cold steel weapons, before the invention of bronze. It is thought that the sword came from...sputniknews.com
its like the one that I was issued with .After a nine-month restoration, the elaborately decorated blade and its sheath gleam as if brand newwww.smithsonianmag.com
Top notch restoration work