At the outbreak of the American Civil War, there were two types of sabers issued to the Federal Cavalry: "light" and "heavy". The light version was popular, but the heavy model, dubbed the "Old Wrist Breaker" was the one worth owning, as it was a superior weapon. Its 36" blade offered big reach advantages over most sabers, and its substantial weight gave it the leverage to easily crush bones and sever limbs with a single blow. The brass guard had three bars to protect the hand and the grip was wire bound leather and capped with a sturdy pommel. In its double ringed, steel scabbard, it could be easily attached to a saddle or to a belt. After handling a number of original 1860 Heavy Cavalry Sabers, we agree, this is a great reproduction with a few improvements- blade is made from 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper and will pass the British Proof Test.
It was during a sparring session that Cold Steel began to customize and improvise with their owners most favored swords - the 1904 Austrian Saber and the 1917 Cutlass. The hybrid provides almost unparalleled hand protection with minimal bulk, an excellent tool for fighting on foot, lightweight, maneuverable but still more than capable of opposing bigger weapons.
Features a short, stiff, razor sharp and beautifully blued 1055 carbon blade which is both fast and fluid in the hand. It's perfectly designed guard has a sturdy reinforced rolled edge for added strength and hand protection while still being small enough to lie comfortably at your side without ever being cumbersome or unwieldy. The Hybrid Cutlass is able to catch, parry, block and oppose even far larger and heavier weapons while being sharp and nimble enough to dominate almost any engagement. Includes leather scabbard w/ brass and copper fittings. Hardwood grip.
While not an exact copy of an original, this version has a lot to offer the modern swordsman and is truly a cut-and-thrust weapon to be reckoned with. The blade is moderately curved with a short bevel grind and a long narrow fuller. When combined with a short, sharp, clip point, these features make for a very stiff, strong blade capable of delivering fearsome cuts and thrusts while shrugging off abuse that would break a lesser sword. To help protect it from rust, each blade is polished before being deeply blued to inky black perfection.
In keeping with its mission as a "stand alone" weapon the guard is crafted from heavy gauge steel plate with rolled edges and multiple "lightening" holes (which won't admit a sword or dagger point) and deeply blued like the blade it's sturdy enough to absorb or shed the most horrendous blows.
To match the sturdy guard and help control the awesome blade, the handle is constructed from handsome, durable Rose Wood "scales" attached to the saber's full tang w/ three highly polished brass cutler's rivets. Each 1917 Saber is also supplied with a sturdy scabbard and frog. Made from thick, black leather and sporting a thick, polished brass throat and chape, it offers excellent protection and convenience in carrying whether mounted or on foot. 1055 Carbon steel.
Fighting with the Saber and Cutlass is really not for people who are only interested in gaining dexterity in sport fencing or the learning the superficial choreographic techniques used for stage and screen. There are plenty of resources available on the market for learning those skills. This DVD set from Cold Steel is designed as a serious, straightforward and focused course that deals solely with the combative use of the saber and cutlass.
The series begins by illustrating how to properly oppose an opponent who is armed with a weapon that is similar to your own. This is the best way to build the necessary foundation of skills, techniques, and eye-hand coordination that will allow you to oppose a wide spectrum of adversaries who are armed with all kinds of street weapons.
After learning and refining your basic skills you will be ready to progress to the seldom taught subjects of infighting, grappling, and brawling with a saber. There is even a section on how to throw a saber with great effect in a combat situation.
The unique cinquedea blade gained popularity as the sidearm of choice for noblemen walking through the narrow alleyways and walled cities of Italy. This Florentine version, manufactured by Cold Steel is made from expertly heat-treated 1055 Carbon steel with a highly engraved guard and pommel, and a hand-carved rosewood grip. Expertly sharpened. The Cinquedea is sold complete with a leather scabbard with engraved steel throat and chape.