This is my first post after lurking a bit. I pestered @Salem Straub on IG after seeing him forge a cool Mainz gladius, and he suggested I post here. I'm slowly working on a Pompeii gladius (first sword), and trying to work out the pommel, handle, hilt details. I plan on having a wooden pommel/hilt (possibly with non-ferrous inlay on hilt) and a bone handle. I've searched the forums, and watched some YouTube. I'm looking for specific details on how the handle (mostly pommel) fit-up to the shoulders of the blade. I could also use suggestions for tang length, and thoughts about how the shoulders should be filed (eg; 90deg or radiused).
Here's what i've done thus far...
I used a big 'ol leaf spring and forged to pre-form. I want to end up with a thick medial ridge
Forging the bevels took a long time. She's just under 2" wide and ~ 24.5" long (blade len).
Rough grind pre-HT.