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House of Warfare Roman pilum head, hand-forged

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House of Warfare Roman pilum head, hand-forged

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A high quality carbon steel tempered pilum head which is so strong it can take many impacts. This Roman pilum head is based on one of the many historical originals. Pila like this were used by the Roman armies between the 1st and the 3rd century AD. The pilum could bend when it hit an enemy target. Even when the impact did not cause injuries, it blocked the shield of the enemy, making the carrier defenseless for other weapons or projectiles. This pilum head is completely handmade. When the pilum head touches a soft object such as a straw target, the tip does not bend. This is largely dependent on the weight of the shaft, which was often increased in weight by the Romans.

We have designed this Roman pilum head because most of the designs available for purchase are highly polished and expensive. Pilum heads should, however, not have a shiny finish because they were used in large quantities by legionaries and making them so luxurious was not practical. This point can easily be attached on a shaft and replaced when bent after an impact.

This item is based on two originals excavated in Caerleon.

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Material: carbon steel
Length: 75.5 cm
Arrowhead length: 10 cm
Width shaft: 3 cm wide point
Diameter shaft ring: approx. 3 cm
Weight: approx. 750 grams
Based on historical original: Yes



Tip: How to adjust the finish of your armour and weaponry
Luxurious (polished)- polish the steel with metal polish or toothpaste. You can even give the item a mirror-like polish. Test on a small surface first!
Handmade (matte)- soak the steel in cola for 40 minutes to 20 hours. Check regularly and treat with black sandpaper.
Antique (patinated) leave the steel to rust for some time in a damp environment, preferably outside. Remove the red layer of rust, to reveal the corroded top layer.

Please note. After finishing the product yourself, the warranty and return right expire. Celtic WebMerchant is not responsible for the obtained result.
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