The SR061 Roman Spatha by Revote is a plain, simple, spartan version of the classic Roman cavalry sword. It is a fully functional historic replica sword, with tempered high-carbon steel blade and full tang. You can actually see the sides of the tang on either side of the handle. The guard has two wood sections with a spiral texture, capped with steel plates. The steel pommel helps with balance. A matching wood scabbard is included. The straps and end caps are stiffened leather, while the rings and rivets are steel.
- Blade length: 30 1/8″ (76.5 cm)
- Overall length: 37 1/4″ (94.6 cm)
- Sword weight: 3 lbs (1.4 kg)
- fully functional
- historically accurate replica
- matching scabbard included
- made in the Philippines by Revote
About the Roman Cavalry Equites (excerpt from Wikipedia):
As their name implies, the equites were liable to cavalry service in the Polybian legion. Equites originally provided a legion’s entire cavalry contingent, although from an early stage, when equites numbers had become insufficient, large numbers of young men from the First Class of commoners were regularly volunteering for the service, which was considered more glamorous than the infantry. By the time of the Second Punic War, it is likely that all members of the First Class served in the cavalry, since Livy states that members of Class I were required to equip themselves with a round shield (clipeus), rather than the oblong shield (scutum) required of the other classes – and all images of cavalrymen of this period show round shields. It appears that equites equo privato (i. e. First Class members) were required to pay for their own equipment and horse, but that the latter would be refunded by the state if it was killed in action. Cavalrymen in service were paid a drachma per day, triple the infantry rate, and were liable to a maximum of ten campaigning seasons’ military service, compared to 16 for the infantry.