The Roman trooper typically carried at least one Pilum, as intrinsic to Roman combat tactics as the short sword. The Roman Pilum had a long, relatively soft iron shaft, which though certainly capable of penetrating its intended target, was likely to bend on striking armor or the ground, thus making it useless to be thrown back. A common tactic when using the Pilum against troops with shields was to pierce the opponent’s shield, whereupon the shaft would bend, making extraction difficult. The opposing soldier, thus encumbered, was likely to throw down his shield, losing his defense against the infamous Roman short sword.
Our Pilum is of the traditional flanged type and may be disassembled for ease of transportation to events. Measurements are only approximate.
* Historically accurate
* Fully functional
Overall: 79 5/8”
Weight: 3lb 3oz
Thickness at Guard: .500
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.
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