This is a really nice example of a civil war sword. Very thick blade. It starts with around 1/3 inch thick at the hilt and tapers to around 1/8 inch thick at the tip. From what I have read, that is more in line with the 1840 blade. For the price, that would just be splitting hairs. It is well made and seems very solid. I am a collector and not someone who needs to defend himself with a sword. I can tell you that it looks the part. I do insist that my collect is only made from "battle ready" grade items. I believe this sword meets that criteria also. It comes with a well built full length steel scabbard that seems like it should double the cost of the package deal. Overall this is in my opinion a good sword for a good value.
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