This blade is named as a tribute to the sword of the ancient Roman legionaries. In the hands of a skillful warrior it allowed its owner to make rapid thrusts in close combat attacks. Drawing an analogy between this blade and a short sword, we can find a lot of common features, i.e. a relatively small 6 mm thickness of the blade decreases vibration and deflection up to the minimum by ensuring the possibility to block and counterattack with topspins without deviations when playing close to the table or at mid-distance.
Under the upper layer of limba there is a cross layer of paulownia (kiri) with 1.5 mm thickness that provides this blade with a perfect control and speed close to defensive blades.
Due to the insignificant density of paulownia it has become possible to decrease the weight of a blade and to increase the balance shifted to the handle.
The core 2 mm-thick layer is composed of narrow abachi lamellas of more density distributed by weight, and it is the basic cross bearing layer.
As a result, the blade weight has made up 80-85 g. Its small weight doesn’t tend to cause much inertness, thus ensuring the possibility for the player to impose his rules when playing fast and close to table.