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Please Note: If your engraving is more than one line, please separate lines with (line break) or send the engraving in an email. Military Orders. Due to your increased security, my emails are blocked sometimes when I send proofs. Its best to use your personal email address. Please Read Ordering Instructions:
Price includes one side of engraving You may either enter text in the box below or you may email the layout to cd@woodenswords.com. If you want engraving on the back side, please select one of the options under "Engraving Backside" - you must email us the back side engraving
If you need the rudis delivered by a certain date please note this on the order to ensure delivery time.
Price: $51.50

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Front Side Engraving:

Engraving Backside

Choose this if you are NOT engraving text on the second side of the blade.
MILITARY: Choose this if you ARE engraving something on the back of the blade. [Add $4.00]must email info cd@woodenswords.com (discounted price for military only)
Engraving Back Side - must email engraving information to cd@woodenswords.com [Add $8.00]

Engrave Guard*:
No Guard Engraving
Guard Engraving One Side - email to cd@woodenswords.com [Add $3.00]
Guard Engraving Both Sides email cd@woodenswords.com [Add $6.00]

Description SIZING
A Rudis was a gift to a gladiator for a special achievement. This signified his release from a slave to a freeman. Our Rudis is an excellent and unique give for someone who has completed service in the military, retired, or completed an academic achievement.

Rudis can be engraved with corporate logo, military insignia and/or text in many different fonts. We have done Greek Paddles, like Alpha Epsilon Pi and others. One set was for a group of bestmen for a wedding. See below for engraving examples of our extensive military insignia catalog or on facebook. You may email your .jpg insignia file and engraving text to us at cd@woodenswords.com.

HOW TO ORDER: For text only, you may enter the text in the box above. Then choose the option for "back side engraving" Military customers use 'gousa' for a discount code. For graphics or additional engraving information, email us at cd@woodenswords.com

Email us a powerpoint layout of your proposed design. I'll work with you on proof. New unit graphics will cost more if I don't have it or can't find it. I need a hi-resolution black & white picture to work with. I have a good collection now, but there are plenty out there!

I can add one color by painting by hand fairly easy. More than one color gets very difficult. Please contact me first.

Only the Emperor could grand a Gladiator his freedom. That freedom could be obtained if the Gladiator bravely distinguished himself in a particular fight or if he had fulfilled his contract. The symbol of freedom given to a Gladiator was a wooden sword called a Rudis.

Also, EVOCATUS, was the Latin term for a soldier in the Roman Army who had served out his time and obtained a discharge.

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Average Rating: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent work and turnaround. November 20, 2015
Reviewer: Garrett Cox from Corryton, TN United States  
We ordered three of these, received proofs the next day and received the swords 5 days after that. The swords were  of good quality and the engraving was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you purpleheart!  Excellent job!

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Amazing February 13, 2014
Reviewer: Samantha Cohen from Paramount, CA United States  
Ordered this for my boyfriend as he is a huge history buff. Especially for Ancient Rome. Sent in the engraving I wanted, they sent me a proof within 24 hours and it looked great. It shipped out and arrived to my place in less than 5 days. How incredible is that? I opened it up and it couldn't have been any better. It had that beautiful fresh cut wood smell, the engraving was extremely well done and clean, and it was just overall stunning. It was supposed to be a Valentines Day present, but I was so happy with how it came out and I knew how he was going to react so I gave it to him yesterday. He can't stop talking about it. It's beyond perfect. Thank you so, so much! A+!

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Make a statement without saying a word May 7, 2013
Reviewer: Brian Gee from South San Francisco, CA United States  
I've been working with Christian for about a year and a half now with enough swords to equip a small army. These awards are simply amazing- you can't do any better in creating a unique recognition piece that is a great conversation starter. Those that own one love it; those that don't aspire to.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Simply The Best! September 25, 2012
Reviewer: T Kowalsky from Washington, DC United States  
Let me say, I ordered one of these for a departing colleague, and worked with Christian Darce via email to coordinate the details.  I had both sides inscribed with words and logos/images, and Christian was very easy to work with, fast with replies and proofs, and very accommodating.

Then the product arrived.  Simply put: amazing.  Photos absolutely do not do this justice.  The sword itself is a fantastic memento for any departing colleague or to recognize an achievement.  But with inscriptions along the blade - quality of that work was fantastic - that made this such a special and touching gift or award.  You also receive a write-up explaining the history of the Rudis, something fit to use during an award ceremony.

Trophies, plates, plaques, pen holders, engraved flasks - those are all swell and dandy.  However if you want something really unique, something that will burn into the memory of the recipient, I can honestly say you will not find anything more unique than this.

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