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Defend yourself like the toughest of warriors with United Cutlery's Combat Commander Gladiator Sword. The full tang Combat Commander Gladiator Sword features a powerful piece of thick, razor sharp 1065 high carbon steel built to defend. The TPR rubberized handle provides a sure grip as you wield this mighty sword. Carry it in the reinforced nylon sheath. As always, Combat Commander is your go-to for tactical, high quality weapons that will back you up!
When I ordered “The Gladiator” I wasn’t expecting a lot. I unboxed it and was presently surprised, the edge was near shaving sharp and, the grip felt great in the hand. I put it through my normal tests, slashing a hanging 3/4 inch rope, chopping through a one inch piece of dry spruce tree limb. Being it’s double edged I chopped two limps. After the chop came the test to see if it held its edge. I hung an old T-shirt on a coat hanger and slashed across it. A clean cut was produced so I checked the second edge same result. The light weight and fact it is double edged earned the little blade a place lashed to the side of my backpack!
I got the Combat Commander Gladius early and I have put it through serious durability testing in my woods. NO BENDS! BLADE HOLDS AN EDGE, even against the toughest of material. I'm buying another!!
Seems like a nice blade, not all that sharp, but a bit of work and it will be. I prefer carbon steel blades and this has that. The hilt is good, and mine is tight. The sheath is also well made.
I have just opened the Gladius today. It came a day before scheduled; always happy with the shipping handled here at BudK! It is weighted perfectly and came oiled. The sharpness of the blade is great out of box and I plan to do some sharpening, with the rest of my short swords including this one, tomorrow. Always pleased, thank you for the great service!
Very happy with this sword/machete. Don’t expect it to be anything more then a $50 tool and you will be happy too. I keep this bad boy under the seat of my pick up for general utility use and the off chance I might be lucky enough to wield it in a zombie apocalypse haha. Very Reminiscent of a gladius, came razor sharp, light but enough heft to do damage if used properly, and looks cool too. Have always been a fan of this style sword so was eager to buy it once I saw it. Might buy another one just because I like it that much and the price is perfect. In time the black coating will wear/scratch off from use. But that is to be expected. Disappointed I couldn’t get the one with the twin dagger and hope to eventually see it available again. Missed it by a week after seeing it on close out. Still makes me sad when I think about it. Had it in my cart but wasn’t able to free up the money before they sold out. Overall super happy I bought this and because it was my first purchase with true swords I’ve been coming back regularly, scouting for my next purchase. Which I just made a few days ago. Eagerly awaiting my next edged adventure! One last thing, because the gladius is my second favorite sword (katana being my first) if this design was ever forged from weapon grade steel, blued and built as a quality weapon for a reasonable price I would most certainly be interested in buying it as well. It would need a quality sheath/scabbard to come with it though. Like a molded composite or leather. Not nylon. True dark Damascus would even lure me to a reasonably higher price haha.
I have been holding off on buying this for awhile, finally went ahead and got one, as well as the Dagger Combo. Sword is awesome, well made, sharp and works! Same goes for the Dagger Combo...but that's for another review ;-) Will be purchasing the other Combat Commander Gladius line to complete the collection!
Bought this model and the popular competing brand offering in a similar pattern. Our 19 y/o got first pick and picked the heavier competitor. I was happy as we wanted this for back up while his hunting. Have one neighbor that was gored finishing with a knife, myself nearly gored in the dark swinging a 10" bowie. This filled the hand, cut a Minute Maid 2 liter, happy enough. Shocked when we chopped with it. Shut The Front Door!!! Afraid to skin bark or carve with it.... am afraid it will do well and my other blades will get jealous. Surprised this affordable offering was agreeable for wounded critter defense when no gun or how is allowed but an animal still has to be tracked. That these patterns chop was a surprise, this one punches out of its weight class. Own at least ten bush blades from other company and am a fan. Won't be buying their gladius and will be buying more of this brand. Solid buy.
Great Sword! Very ruthless looking and came very sharp. Loved the engraving. Everything that I buy from true swords is thumbs up!
Even though this is nominally a machete, it is in fact a far better sword than anything else in it's class. It is better made and more comfortable to use than the other well known gladius made by that other famous discount sword/knife company. It is a better sword than any of the other 'real' swords I own that are 8 times the price of this one. The 1065 steel holds a better edge, and the blade is resilient, but not whippy. Everything is straight and solid. If you are on the fence about this, know that for the money, you will be getting a sword/machete far exceeding the small investment you are making.
The blade is wickedly sharp and incredibly well balanced. I have been holding off on buying this for years. I am glad to finally get my hands on one. I'll be ordering another fairly soon. Thanks BudK team.
I bought this sword last year, and I was very impressed with it. The blade was RAZOR sharp & you can pick your teeth with the point. It was heavily oiled, which protects it during shipping. After cleaning the oil off I went out in the back yard & tried it on 3 water-filled gallon milk jugs. It sliced through ALL 3 with little effort. Then I tried it on a hard cardboard shipping tube. Again...it went through that with ease. Since it IS carbon steel you MUST take care of it. I cleaned it up & put a light coating of gun oil on it. It has set in my gun safe for about 4 months. I took it out & checked it over. NO issues! This was more then worth the money. The balance is excellent & everything remained tight even after testing it. GREAT BUY!
I ordered this thinking it would be good but not great but I was wrong. It feels amazing in your hand and the balance in about 2 inches beyond the handle so it has a small lead but still balances very well. That said the thing that really impressed me is that I tested it against two of my cold steel blades (one a throwing knife I have thrown over a thousand times with only minor dents or scratches even when it hit screws and nails) and both times it left a dent in the cold steel blade with almost NO noticeable damage to this blade. The only down side is that it is a bit shorter than I had expected but the quality is far better than I had hoped for! I will definitely buy another one in the future.
Case and strap is nice and sturdy sword is strong and sharp and cuts wood good just dont hit it against concrete it bends the tip of the sword
Received as a present. Very sharp, fun to handle but super oily upon opening. The worst part, the blade and handle are not perfect/true. No real world application so its just a toy. To nice to ruin on simple things so useless.
I put off getting this sword for a long time. I'm sorry I waited so long. This thing is AWESOME!! Super light, super sharp, super strong. I can see why it's one off the top selling swords on this or any site. It's virtually perfect! I love it! Get it! You won't regret it. Thanks again BudK!!
Omg this blade is awesome. Just got mine in the mail and I love it. Dont know why people are complaining, the blade is just as thick as advertised. It came sharp and ready, especially the tip. Good weight and swings like a dream. Honestly cant wait for somebody to mess with me! Great blade, a must have for any collecter.
This sword brings certain death to those who stand in its way. The blade is razor sharp and cuts through leather armor like a hot knife through butter. Facing the point of this baby spells certain doom. It easily pierces light plate or chain mail armor spelling certain doom of those who stand in your way. The slashing attack with this weapon is devastating as the thin tough blade has enough momentum to sever limbs and behead your foes. I highly recommend this blade for any infantry!
I just got my 2nd and 3d gladiator swords and they were both poorly made. One wasnt sharpened AT ALL and the other one was bended over and i was surprised that it could fit in the sheath. This is my first let down from BUDK, mostly because the first one i got a few months ago was so great and i was really excited to see its sisters. I still believe this is a must have because i still believe its high quality even for the price. the design is just amazing and the weight is perfect. just dont have high hopes for it :/
Good for thrusting but to light weight for hacking. Not to say I would want to be hacked by it Ha-Ha. Nice rubber handle and fairly sharp. But the weight would be an issue in so far as hacking.
I bought this thing just for kicks and giggles, but this is actually very finely made! The rubberized handle makes this weapon very comfortable to swing. I thickness of the blade and how light weight it is makes this a powerful short sword to slice through things. I just need to sharpen the blade a bit, but that's easy. 5 stars.
This thing is fantastic. An awesome piece. Click add to cart and you won't regret it. See ya bros
combat gladiator sword(emphasis combat),looks and feels great and will fit right in my personal weapons locker I'll probably buy another.
I got this awesome sword a month or two ago, and I love it. But a week ago I started noticing the blade was a little bent. The only thing I have been using this sword for is stabbing water bottles (the skinny kind). I haven't done heavy work with it so I'm guessing it was bent right out of the box but I didn't notice it. other than that, Its a great sword and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
A good, cheap hacking sword. Works well as a machete as well as a gladius. At this price, of course, it is a fairly low-grade, brittle steel. I Mine broke, but after I majorly abused it. Use it how it was made to be used, and all will be well. Abuse it, and you get it in 6 pieces like mine.
I was so amazed when I got this fine blade. I showed it to a friend and now he's a BudK fanatic (I am too of course). And as the video shows, it is beast at destroying pesky water bottles. I have SO MUCH FUN! THANKS BUDK
i got this sword lightning fast. right out of the box i was impressed. it was lighter than i expected. i can swing this thing all day long. it has a nice edge, not too sharp, but I fixed that quickly. it is great for hacking away at brush. I have no complaints. great product, great price and fast delivery.
just got it in the mail today am impressed thinking of getting 10 be awesome christmas gift for my 9 brothers and dad
When I got this sword I wasn't expecting much, considering it's price range. However when I opened it I found that it's really well made! The blade stood up to whatever abusive test I put it through, it keeps its edge well after sharpening, and it's small enough to either throw around your waist or into a backpack (as a gladius should be)! Definitely worth the money!
This was an amazing blade right out of the box! I found that this sword has an excellent grip, great look and has a good amount of weight to it. Event though the blade came considerably sharp right out of the box, if you sharpen it, you will begin to see the true nature of this sword. One thing I have noticed is that you should try to hit objects with the widest part of the blade because you will do the most damage without damaging the sword itself. This was probably the most sturdy sword I have ever used for the price! However, after a while of constant use, the tip may come off, but nothing a little sharpening can't fix! I highly recommend this sword for both rookie sword buyers, and veterans alike!
Amazing product well made and super sharp out of the box and fast shipping i will use this site more often
I just got this and I love it has a nice weight and feel to it, even sharp only thing that concerns me is its made of high carbon steel and how to properly take care of it so doesn't rust
When I opened the box it look great but I noticed the sword was bent but other than that it is great
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Hi everyone I'm very happy whit his sword doble edge and very sharp ready for everything.
Will be hard to find a better battle ready sword for the price. Easy to hang onto, and a really sharp blade rite from the box. Very well made. It will be a wall hanger most of the time in my home. But it's good to know that if it's needed. Its there and the handle won't fall off if u hit something with it. Like my other swords, that I paid just as much, or more for. That was before knowing what to look for, and before discovering budk.
Even if you don't collect swords you should have one of these! Just think of it as a large fixed-blade x 2! Great feel, balance & look. Use it or display it, either way you'll love it! Great sword at a great price.
I bought 2 of these, one for myself and one for a gift for the owner of the company I work for. This sword looks great and has a very nice balance. The handle feels very comfortable and the blade is moderately sharp and very sturdy.
I just got it today and man was I impressed. The blade was sharp. Nice hand grip and for the price its a win win win. Good buy all around get yours today you will not be dissapointed.
Very nice. Well made. Very sharp point and blade. Good shape and form. Nice hand grip. No slip. Fits hand well. Not heavy. Well done.
I have 4 of the combat commander, the gladius.....and I just read where a guy said he broke the tip. throwing in to a wood wall....well first of all it was not made to be thrown into wood...and I cut and trimed my two trees, in front of my house, it only took me a few minuets..these blades, are great they bend just right and don't actually break...I mean you can do a lot of dammage with a 1060 carbon blade...some Japonese katanas, are only like 1045-or 1050, and do a lot of dammage...I believe if used in it proper form...it is a most competive weapon...
This blade is battle ready! You will not be disappointed in the look of feel. Although the blade was shipped to me sharp I felt the need to create an even sharper edge. I sleep with this blade at my bed side. I call it my head cleaver.its always in reach. If I hear an intruder I won't reach for my glock. This blade will a quick job in stopping the intruder in his tracks.
Works well for a mess around sword or a machete (have used it as both). Came out sharp and ready to go.
This is a strong yet light sword. it was used by the roman army to take over the world.Nice feel to it and it comes sharp, a few strops and it is just great. there is one thing thought a brass line hole mid way on the handle and a Velcro strap that can not hold any thing. this item was used with a shield to make a unbreakable wall.It is for perching and some slashing . in a shei8ld wall you do not wish to extend your boady pass the sheild tomusch. a provien design.
This swords is really nice out of the box! When I opened it the first thing I noticed is that it had no damage and was dull but did have an edge so no complaints there. The one thing I would change is the pommel design, I want a pommel that isn't uncomfortable to hold. Everything is really good it takes a lot of abuse and all in all is fully functional. 4/5!
I bought this sword, and as soon as it came I fell in love with it. Perfect weight, and perfect size. A few months later I got a little bolder because it was so strong and sharp. I threw it into a wood wall. First throw was fine. Second throw, the point snapped off. A little after that, the handle broke off, and now it is lying in my back yard in about six pieces. Don't get me wrong, it's a good sword, just don't try to conquer the world with it.
Its a very attractive piece, sharp in the box and the sheath is sturdy.the blade could be a bit longer and I feel that the pommel should have more weight to give the sword a better balance but the tpr handle is really nice.great for thrusting and chopping overall a good buy
this is an amazing sword. i bought it and it was sharp right out of the box!! very sturdy as well. i have bought quite a few weapons and some survival gear from budk and this is one of their best so far and for a lower price then what its actually worth
I love this sword. I have had it for a few months now, and it's amazing. My friend just saw it for the first time today and he fell in love with it. Definitely recommend this sword.
Very impressed with the strength of the full tang. Especially considering how light it is, want another could easily wield two. Thanks budk/United
very nice,I love it. just got it,haven't used it yet. next camping trip I'll try everything out. love you guys!
I bought this sword to play around with and its a fun way to waste time. We threw bananas and oranges at each other and used the sword to cut the fruit. Mom was mad when I cut through the wall while my friend threw a banana half at me. The sword comes sharpened but I used a ceramic stick to sharpen even more. I got in trouble but had lots of fun. I washed off the blade with soap and water because of the acid from the oranges. Buy one and start cutting!
Can't beat this one for the price. Chopped through a 4x4 beam in no time, took down a couple of small trees and even threw it a few times into a plywood target. It showed no signs of damage afterward. The finish held up remarkably well and the tip was undamaged. It has a nice balance and doesn't wear you out to use it. The molded grip feels good in the hand and doesn't transfer much shock to the user. On top of all that it just looks fantastic.
This sword looks amazing, double edge was sharp right out of the box. Blade was lighter and thinner than I expected. Handle was surprisingly comfortable and just feels good in your hand. The sheath is what worries me the most, when I remove and insert the blade, I'm extremely careful but being hasty 1 time could ruin this sheath if your not careful... Also, I bought this specifically for mushroom hunting (my machete replacement basically), I don't think the blade would handle abuse too well so I might avoid tree whacking with it if I were you
Great all-around piece for sword lovers. Lightweight and easy to handle, rubberized grip is super comfortable and great for handling. The length is just right for a one-handed sword. Sharp right out of the box and sheath is good quality and durable. Quickly becoming one of my favorites of my collection.
I bought two of these. Nice swords and fully functional. Whether you want a nice weapon to hang on the wall , for home protection or a Zombie Killer (lol) this sword fits the need. Do you like swords that are more than a wall hanger? get this sword. Light weight and easy to handle plus super cool looking. God bless.
FIRST OFF, it's too light. it's falls kinda short of what I was hoping for from UC. BUT the lack of weight makes it very easy to handle and wield. now that I've seen and tested it, I WILL recommend it to my customers. I prefer it to the cheapos that sold as a gladius.
This is one of the best awords i own no matter what anybody says get this sword !!!!!
this is so sharp, and easy to maneuver its handle is easy to hold it was well worth the money
For $25 I wasn't too optimistic for this weapon and felt that though it may be cool, it would be a little gimmicky. I was wrong, this is am amazing deal for the price. This piece has excellent construction and durability. It feels so solid when you're wielding it. I took it to some thick cardboard and it preformed so impressively, it brought a smile to my face. Thanks for the great deal.
I'm a big fan of the roman gladius sword so I was psyched when United Cutlery came out with the commander gladiator sword! XD
This is a fantastic sword. ..I have no problems or issues except one, I find it to be way to light. If it was about 3X the weight it would fit into the sword category easier
This is a wicked sharp blade that can slice through pumpkins and cardboard with ease. It is a short sword but is fun to play with and swing around. its about two feet long and is a good size for a gladius.
The gladius was used by the Spanish Gaul tribes before Rome used it, so that probably means it was a very popular design.
This Sword is worth every cent. this is my second purchase on this site and i'll be back for more! True Swords is Great!
Sword is sturdy. Really fun to beat trees with. The tip, very tip not even the first inch broke off, from me beating a tree. It is not a problem, a grinder fixed it. I knew it was going to happen right out of the box, it was just to narrow and pointy to last. Do not let that discourage you from buying this, it really is a nice weapon, i still use it and probably always will.
This is my first purchase with BUDK....and couldn't be happier. This is a great short sword. It does come pretty sharp and cuts great. Like some others have mentioned though, blade is thin and I was expecting a bit thicker, but overall for the money....this is a great buy.
I took the edge off these and they were perfect for staged combat scene I worked on. I would suggest to buy two because duel wielding these bad boys are awesome!
Just recieved the sword today. First impression was slightly disappointing. Although the point is sharp the blade is nowhere near sharp. So will spend time with the stone. Blade is a little loose in the handle. Blade is slightly bent too. But for the money paid it does seem good value and it certainly looks good. Look forward to testing it in the forest.
Fell in love with this sword just looking at the picture. Once I got it in my hand it happened all over again. Solid feel, well made, razor sharp. Any gladiator would be proud to enter the arena with this sword. Well worth the price, made much better than many much more expensive swords I have owned. United Cutlery continues to impress and amaze me, as does BudK.
the combat commander is great,well worth the $$$$$$$...just need to ware gloves when wielding this bad boy...I have a lot of good blades,and this one of them..it's light and strong,easy to keep away bad guys...or Zombies....lol
The feel is unbelievable. The edge great. The price awesome. As others have mentioned, the blade's a little on the thin side, carbon steel can handle that though. And had to Dremel off the "Skull Crusher", made shifting grip painful. However it's well worth the money and a VERY valuable addition to my outdoor gear.
Not bad for the money, this is NOT a traditional sword but a Machete. Came sharp, seems to be fairly well made, IMO better looking than the cold steel Gladius machete. If your looking for a traditional sword, well you should know you wont get one for this price, if you want something cheap to beat up in your back yard that looks like a sword then this might be the ticket.
I love the feel of the handle. has good sharp point, sides weren't very sharp. Easy fix. Sheath looks good just pull it in or out slow that way it'll last. Great sword for what I'll use it for. Don't think it would last long in battle, but with my sword skills won't let me last very long either. Have fun with your knives & swords, that's why you ordered it. Don't start bashing them soon as you get it in the mail.
looks great feels great nice and sharp only complaint is its thin blade but it will do lol feel free to get it its a good thing to add to your collection.
This thing is a total waste of money. Its cheap and you get what you pay for. The blade wiggles in the handle and the steel is very poor quality. The tip broke off mine for no apparent reason. I had only taken it out of the sheath to look at it, never even hit anything with the cheap little thing. The fractures steel reveled a dull rusty corroded color on the inside of the blade. UC made another gladius machete that I bought 2 or 3 years ago and it is far superior to the new model. This blade was also far smaller than the last one. It barely costs anything but I would avoid it unless you just want something to hang on the wall for the poor quality makes it utterly unreliable.
Awesome sword! came in the mail sharpened and solid. is a full tang carbon steel blade. I am very pleased with it and would definitely recommend to anyone who is into gladiators or just likes having fun with swords.
Not a review of the sword itself, but rather of the product description. This style of sword was not used by the tribes of Europe, it was used by the Roman legions. It was their principle weapon, used in conjunction with the scutum (shield). It was also not used in the Coliseum or by gladiators- gladiators were show fighters, and it would be a very unconventional gladiator who would use something as mundane as a legionary's standard issue sword. The sword itself is great fun, but the description is inaccurate. Of course, I'm the person who actually devotes the five minutes to publicly correct people on the internet on unimportant issues, so this shouldn't really influence whether or not you buy the sword. I just kinda want people to know...
At the price I've paid BUDK has began my new collecting hobby,this one is the most respectable I have.Sure having two of them would be best.Much more than a machete.
It's a great Sword, I love it. It has an amazing rubberized handle, exactly like was advertised, doesn't slip. It's also got a nice weight and balance for a swing with good momentum behind it. The only issue I found was that when I got it the blade was very dull. Nowhere near Razor sharp as was said. It's required much work to get it to actually be of Razor quality. Other than the sharpness of the blade, it's amazing. Good length, grip, style, and quality overall.
The sword moves slightly in the handle, it seems sturdy though, the ring in the middle should hold it all together. The blade is carbon steel, the tip of the blade is very pointy, but it being so thin and pointy causes it to be prone to being broken or bent. I foresee some grinding of the point sometime down the line. Really awesome sword though, just got back from cutting down trees with it, performed quiet well, feels good in your hands. The sheath is nice to.
I may have bought every gladius "sword" (including the Cold Steel) on the planet and this is by far my fav. The full-tang blade is tough and comes sharp, although it could be sharper. It didn't take long to get it hair popping sharp with my sword stone. I sliced through rolled mats, watermelons and even hacked down some trees. It's basically a battle ready machete that looks like a sword. The sheath is great too. The quality is phenominal considering it is from United Cutlery, but they may be turning things around, I may try out their Honshu katana and wakizashi now. Thanks TrueSwords for another great purchase!
had to wait till they came back..bought two..AWESOME blade realistically razor sharp tough as nails, cuts anything...ones on my hiking backpack...gave one as a gift they loved it . .Great product BudK keep it coming Great Price Great Product fast shipping cant beat it...how many companies can you say that about? wow
I really like this sword. It's sharp for hacking and has an excellent point for thrusts. The grip is spectacular because the handle doesn't slip with a wet sweaty hand. The length is good but if it were only 4 inches longer it would take over the world again---once bullets can no longer supply guns.
This is a great looking sword the handle feels great it came razor sharp and the sheath is quality just holding this sword makes me feel powerful
This is a very nice machete. It's 3 mm thick and 2 1/2 inches at its widest point. It's full tang with a comfortable rubber grip handle and it arrived fairly sharp. The sheath is also of decent quality. I think you could easily disarm (or leg)an intruder with it. It's probably the perfect length for swinging around indoors. I think it's well worth the $24.99 price tag. The only thing that bothers me is that the description describes the blade as being "thick". I know that thick is a subjective term, but I don't believe that any reasonable person would say a 3 mm blade is thick. This is a nice blade, you don't have to be hawking all the time. Just the facts, please.
I am impressed with the sword. Nice weight, good point, comfortable handle. A full tang blade that is carbon steel makes this a useful tool and weapon. There are places to attach a lanyard to. The blade was not the sharpest. The sheath is functional and has a place for a lanyard if you want to tie the bottom around your thigh. It secures the sword well with a snap on latch. The reinforced patch for the tip is a good idea. The sheath could be a bit sturdier in my opinion. A solid 4 stars and I do recommend this. It is battle ready with a bit more sharpening.
This is the best sword over all that i've gotten from BUDK. its solid and grips well, sharp and as the descriptions says, have a powerful piercing point! Cant even complain about the sheath on this one. Just like the sword its sturdy and seems to be built to last!
NICE SWORD-This sword has a FULL TANG ,high carbon steel blade. The blade is 2mm thick and of the same pattern as the ancient Roman Gladius. The leather and nylon sheath is also of good quality. It is not "razor sharp" but can be sharpened. Compared to the CS Gladius machete,which has a 2.8mm thick blade, this one is lighter and has a better grip. CAUTION: THIS IS A REAL BATTLE READY SWORD.USE WITH CARE!
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