Our Roman Daggers also called the Pugio, replicate originals that have survived in remarkably good condition in a European museum. The distinct shape of the Pugio blade was excellent for a close quarters fight, and was used throughout the legions. Although swords and knives were generally not worn by civilians within the boundaries of the “Pax Romana”, barbarians and bandits were certainly to be found in the outlands, and a merchant or trader best go armed. Roman daggers were a basic part of the Roman army. When they were in close formation and the sword or spear could not be used, the Roman dagger was the next weapon of choice.