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Cold Steel 97GMS Gladius Machete 19" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath


MSRP* : $41.99 | You Save* : $17.04 (41%)
Part #: CS97GMS | Cold Steel Knives
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CS97GMS: 97GMS Gladius Machete
Cold Steel

Derived from the sword used by Celtic tribes of ancient Iberia (Spain) and adopted by the Roman Legions, the Gladius, with its long, narrow point and wasp waisted blade, was the scourge of the battlefield and often the last thing seen or felt by Rome's enemies.

Ever popular, the Gladius is still in demand almost 2000 years later and is one of our most frequently requested swords to make, so we have decided to offer a modern version of this ancient classic in a very affordable machete/sword format.

Made from 1055 Carbon steel and hand sharpened to a murderous point and wicked edge, it offers 19" of unprecedented piercing and slashing power at a bargain price.

Sporting an extra wide, full tang for strength and a classically inspired handle, it offers the standard guard and ball shaped pommel of years gone by. Made of high impact Polyproplylne, it's impervious to the elements, rugged beyond belief and most importantly, comes compete with a sturdy cordura sheath and belt loop.
  • Item Number: 97GMS
  • Name: Gladius Machete
  • Blade Length: 19"
  • Overall Length: 26-7/8"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 18 oz (approx.)
  • Handle: 7-7/8" Long. Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cordura Sheath
  • Made in South Africa

UPC Code: 705442009429

1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Cold Steel 97GMS Gladius Machete 19" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath4.644 (59 reviews)
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Cold Steel 97GMS Gladius Machete 19" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath
4 out of 5
Milwaukee, Wi
Sep 01, 2017
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: None
Solid sword
Very sharp,full tang. Appears well built. Not fancy but not expensive either.Lanyard hole at end of handle is a nice feature.
Cold Steel 97GMS Gladius Machete 19" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath
4 out of 5
North Texas
May 18, 2016
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish, Blade Sharpness
I bought mine quite a while ago as a pre-order from knife center when they first came out. The edge on my sample was horrid: not sharp forward of the point where the blade starts to taper to the tip, burred, gouged and uneven with dull spots where the grinds didn't meet. The area where the edge transitions from the side to the taper was the most dull and stuck out like ears on the side of the blade. It looked like it was sharpened by dragging the pavement on a bumpy road from the back of a moving vehicle. The tip was ridiculously thin and fragile. It bent almost immediately. It took several hours of work with a file to correct these problems. Once that was done, I had an amazing machete. Double edged means twice as much cutting between sharpening. The acute point is great for boring holes and digging. The concave sides don't let vines slide off before being cut. This excels at chopping tough woody plants like holy as well. The slightly reprofiled tip has proven highly durable when subjected to abuse like throwing, and springs right back from ludicrous bending under the weight of the rest of the machete plus the stick it's lashed to as an improvised spear. The grind on a later sample I purchased was MUCH better. The sheath doesn't inspire confidence but has held up well to being lashed to my pack as well as bouncing around in the toolbox of a truck.
Cold Steel 97GMS Gladius Machete 19" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath
4 out of 5
Dec 11, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Finish
sweet buy
Nice blade for the price, however the powdercoating was a little rough. Still a good buy.
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