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Frederick Prinz wrote:The stronger iron age weapons changed the picture with the Roman Gladius being able to be used for both thrusting and slashing, but still a relatively heavy short sword. Until we get to the age of better quality wrought iron and eventually steel.
Kristian S. wrote:Not quite. The Romans did know the spatha which derived from the long celtic swords. The reason the gladius was a short sword was a tactical and not a technical one. Although Ceasar was describing Gallic swords bending on impact the material the romans used for their weapons was rather quality steel than just iron.
Fliegende Untertasse wrote:Curve in single edged cutting blade is simply a by-product of manufacturing process.
When piece iron is forged thinner from one side to make the edge, it also stretches along the thinned edge. This forces curve to the blade.
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