Knife Collectors Org. Review:
The Busse Gladius’ design is based on the effective sword that the Roman soldiers used in battle. Unlike other swords, the Gladius was used one handedly for stabbing and chopping, while the other hand used carried a shield.
With a thick, double-edged blade, this knife is built tough by Busse to endure the stabbing, cutting and abuse that Busse owners routinely put their Busse knives through. Satin-finished and a full 15.23″ of INFI steel makes the Gladius a very eye-catching knife indeed. It also has a nice fuller/blood groove running down the middle of the blade, which adds to its sword-like image.
Just before the tip of the blade we can see the blade grind where there is a line that leads from the fuller to the tip of the blade, which eases penetration. Just like the Roman-era sword, the Busse Gladius will slash and stab easily, being made of INFI steel that can easily pierce oil drums, as shown in various knife forums.
The Combat-Grade (CG) version of the Gladius (with coated blades) is priced at $500+, which is quite a bargain considering that this knife (or mini-sword) uses 15″ of INFI steel. The nicer satin-finished version is priced much more (see ‘Rarity Details’ below) but for such a fine blade, some might not hesitate to get one.
Overall, this is a great design from Busse, which never ceases to amaze its customers. Another zombie-busting blade from Busse! If only the custom shop would put some giraffe bone or mammoth scales on it!
Editor’s Rating: 8.5/10
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Blade Length: 15.25″ x .3″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 23.25″
Blade Steel: INFI
Blade hardness: Rc. 58-60
Blade Finish: Satin or Coated
Weight: 39.7 oz.
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: -NA-
Handle Material: Micarta
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA
Part #: -NA-
Production Status: Discontinued
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: -unknown-
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: –
Rarity Index: 8/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…