Roman Daggers, Roman Pugio and Gladiator Daggers

The Romans were no strangers to weapons and war, and thus, were not unfamiliar with the dagger. In fact, almost every soldier, whether they were a legionary, an auxiliary, or anything else, carried a dagger, as much for defense as for show. And for the modern day Roman, Dark Knight Armoury carries a number of great Roman daggers to choose from. If you are going to use one, though, it is best to refer to it by its Roman name, the pugio. Loosely translated, the word means stab, which the pugio exceled at. Like the early gladius, a typical pugio had two styles of blades, ranging from a wide blade with straight edges and a tapered point to a leaf-shaped blade. And like in the gladius, these distinctive shapes made the pugio an excellent close-quarters weapon, which was why virtually every Roman soldier carried one. A pugio can also be considered a symbol of status, as most Roman soldiers furnished their own. Thus, richer soldiers and centurions had ornate pugio sheaths, while common soldiers had something a bit more plain, although the blade always remained a weapon and thus, went undecorated. The pugio is not only the domain of the army, though, and many citizens of the Roman Empire favored them as well, as much for reasons of self-defense as for displays of wealth and power. Many of the Roman pugio daggers featured here at Dark Knight Armoury are modeled after museum replicas or historical finds, possessing such a great look and feel that even a Roman centurion would want to carry one at his side into battle.


 

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Roman Dagger

Roman Dagger

Item # SD4101NQ

The Roman dagger, or Pugio, was a standard weapon carried by the Roman Legions. This replica by Denix of a museum piece illustrates the skill of the artisan and the taste of the Roman officer who wore the original.

Price:  $58.00 

Roman Pugio Dagger

Roman Pugio Dagger

Item # 401392

The 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.

Price:  $95.00 

Late Roman Dagger

Late Roman Dagger

Item # AH-3264L

The pugio was a typical arm to be found at the side of virtually any Roman soldier, acting as a sort of badge of office and honor, as well as a sidearm. This Late Roman Dagger is a simple variant of the pugio, appropriate for any unranked soldier.

Price:  $121.50 

Embossed Pugio Dagger

Embossed Pugio Dagger

Item # AH-3264E

The pugio was a typical arm to be found at the side of virtually any Roman soldier, acting as a sort of badge of office and honor, as well as a sidearm. This Embossed Pugio Dagger is an ornate dagger appropriate for any ranked officer or general.

Price:  $121.50 

Basic Pugio Dagger

Basic Pugio Dagger

Item # AH-3264P

The pugio was a typical arm to be found at the side of virtually any Roman soldier, acting as a sort of badge of office and honor, as well as a sidearm. This Basic Pugio Dagger is a simple variant of the pugio, appropriate for any unranked soldier.

Price:  $99.00 

Brass Pugio Dagger

Brass Pugio Dagger

Item # AH-3264B

The pugio was a typical arm to be found at the side of virtually any Roman soldier, acting as a sort of badge of office and honor, as well as a sidearm. This Brass Pugio Dagger is a simple variant of the pugio, appropriate for any ranked soldier.

Price:  $153.00 

Roman Parazonium Dagger

Roman Parazonium Dagger

Item # AH-3270

The Roman Parazonium Dagger was, as a symbol, often associated with and carried by Virtus, a lesser-known Roman god who presided over bravery and military strength - the very personification of virtue, valor, excellence, courage, and worth.

Price:  $86.40 

Roman Utility Knife

Roman Utility Knife

Item # AH-3286

You never know when you are going to need a good utility knife, and when you are reenacting, that can leave you with limited choices. Unless, of course, you happen to be carrying this Roman Utility Knife, which will suit almost any task quite well.

Price:  $18.90 

Gladiator Barbarian Dagger

Gladiator Barbarian Dagger

Item # AH-3144

Unique is certainly a good way to describe this Gladiator Barbarian Dagger. Ornate details, especially on the hilt, make it a fine collectible, while the overall design ensures that it is a weapon that will easily draw the eye and catch interest.

Price:  $81.00 

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