Pugio Damascus Steel Dagger


During the Roman Empire, legionaries were issued a Pugio (from the Latin Pugnō, or “fight”), a doubleedged thrusting dagger. The pugio was most notably used by Sempronius Densus, a retired legionary working as a Roman Imperial Guard in 69 AD. As an army of over 1,000 mutinous Roman soldiers marched to storm the palace and execute the Emperor, Densus stood alone to defend. 

To show that he wasn't afraid of these traitors he dropped his cudgel (large whacking mallet) and pulled out his Pugio Dagger. He warned them to stop but seeing he was alone, they pressed forward. He alone with his Pugio Dagger, slaughtered hundreds until he was eventually overcome and killed. 

This Pugio Damascus Dagger is named in respect of his bravery. It is a work of art in both form and function. The Damascus twist pattern and the inlaid Stag antler handle create a visually appealing harmony. As a tool, the extremely sharp double edge on this modified dagger and solid hand will make the most finicky blade connoisseur salivate.

Pugio Damascus Dagger Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Handle Length: 4"
  • Blade Length: 3.75"
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 4mm
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 256
  • Grind: Secondary bevel
  • Handle Material: Stag Antler
  • Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials, there will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.