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Gladius Collection

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by UNRL Ghandi, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    The Long Gladius has always been a grail quest for me and somehow over the last few months I've scooped up three of them after a five year drought. The newest arrived today with a matching "regular" gladius. The regular gladius looks and feels so small next to the LG. These came with g-rexed spalted beechwood, mammoth ivory bolsters, and meteorite. The new King and Queen of my collection.


    My gladius collection with a photo bombing V14...

    Now I just have to figure out the ultimate sheath setup for my LGs and then have them made. Anyone have any suggestions?
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  2. WatermanChris

    WatermanChris Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    Gorgeous collection! I'm pretty partial to Mr Pirtle's leather. I think he would be glad to build a sick baldrick setup for them although I think he's pretty backed up. You've waited 5 years to score one so what's another couple for the perfect sheath?
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  3. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Awesome score! I've been wanting one of those for years. (But not from Liu Kang.)
    Long Gladius and a Short Butaniku in Satin with Black Paper, and I think I'm done.

    ETA: Is third from the bottom a Long Gladius in Satin with Black Paper Micarta?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2020
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  4. Thesian

    Thesian Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Grats bro! I someday hope to visit your Busse sword museum!
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  5. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Nah, it's black/red g10. It was the one on the exchange a couple weeks ago. Hope to get that one re-handled to something a little classier one day. :)

    Hope you find your two swords. I grabbed a short butaniku from Knife Hunter a few years back. Not sure if it's black g10 or paper, but probably one of the coolest swords there is, especially after it was REK'ed.

    I think my knife quests are coming to an end. Not sure what else could be out there or released in the future that would get my blood pumping like the BOSC and LG quests. Plus now I'm broke...one of a kind INFI is 'spensive! :)
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  6. ipal


    May 5, 2009
    wow...those are trully gorgeous Gladiuses and must be seriously expensive ones.
    congratulations, snatching 3 nice long gladiuses in a few months is no small feat :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  7. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Amazing collection. Thanks for sharing.:thumbsup::)
  8. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    How many kidneys did you HAVE to even sell?
  9. Mick Boardman

    Mick Boardman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2020

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    I agree with Waterman! Chad Pirtle is a leather working master. He made me a sheath for my AK47. It is beautiful and of the highest quality. Those swords deserve the finest sheaths available.
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  11. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Five. :)
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  12. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    What a great basis for a collection! The pieces shown are incredible. Thanks for the images and congrats on a quest fulfilled.
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  13. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Beautiful collection my friend.

  14. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Thanks! I'm sure your hands were involved in the making of all of these, so bravo to you and the Busse crew for making such amazing works of art.
  15. WatermanChris

    WatermanChris Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    @UNRL Ghandi be honest, how often do you pretend you're Leonidas fighting the Persians? Have you made a shield yet? :D
  16. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Dude my INFI has killed more imaginary enemy combatants than smallpox. Trust me, you don't want to pretend face me when I have a Long Gladius in hand. The gentle nature of each swing through the air as I'm trying not to scratch or drop it is intimidating. Likewise the sound effects I make are enough to drive fear into anything that breaths. That's why I don't have any mice in my basement...they've seen enough of my swordplay to know better than cross me.

    And to answer your other question, no I haven't made a shield. I'm always on the offensive so there is no need for a shield. Plus I dual wield and don't have three hands so the shield would end up being a safe queen and I believe in only owning users. :p:D
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  17. WatermanChris

    WatermanChris Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    I figured you at least dual wielded but a standard gladius could probably be used in your weak hand with the forearm through the shield straps. Once you get some leather you should try to see how many of those beauties you can strap to yourself before you fall over from the weight. :D:D:D
  18. Jerry Busse

    Jerry Busse Moderator Moderator

    Aug 20, 1999
    That's an amazing collection!!!!:eek::eek::cool::thumbsup:

    A few hundred more, and you'll be all set!!!!;);););):D

    Let's Drink!!:cool:


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  19. WatermanChris

    WatermanChris Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    If he buys a few hundred more like that, YOU'LL be all set, although beauties like that probably take a lot of time and the materials aren't cheap so maybe not. :confused::D

    @Jerry Busse - congrats on pumping out not only the toughest knives in the world, but some of the most beautiful!
  20. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    I dare you to re-open the custom shop and watch what I do. Wait...nevermind, I'm broke from buying all of these. :p:D:thumbsup:
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