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Cold Steel 1917 Cutlass Handle with Leather Scabbard

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  • 25" curved blade
  • Handle: 4 5/8" Hardwood
  • Overall Length: 29 5/8"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard with Brass and Copper Fittings
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In 1917, the U.S. Navy decided to replace its Model 1860 cutlass which had been in continuous service for 57 years, with a new model. Cold Steel's modern recreation of this classic fighting sword is as authentic as possible, it is virtually an exact copy of an original in the personal collection of Cold Steel President, Lynn C. Thompson. Our 1917 Cutlass features the signature 25" curved blade and a half basket guard that's stamped out of heavy 18-gauge high carbon steel, and both the blade and guard are blued to resist rusting. The handle is made from carefully shaped hardwood, painted brown and secured to the tang by three heavy brass cutler's rivets. The scabbard is an accurate reproduction of the original and is made of high quality leather and features brass and copper fixtures. It can be worn comfortably at the side on a pistol belt without chafing its owner.

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  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 8 x 1 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000H6KTLW
  • Item model number: 88CS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,808 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Pros: Basically an authentic 19th century dutch klewang(one of the most effective swords EVER designed), well made, sturdy, sharp, affordable, hyper-battle-ready, very attractive, an excellent addition to anyone's 'Zombie Apocalypse Bug-Out Bag'

Cons: Sheath on the one I got does not quite fit the sword (curve is different), balance is VERY blade heavy (Historically accurate though)

Bottom Line- BUY THIS. Seriously, I fence and this cutlass is as I mentioned totally blade heavy, which is historically accurate. And while it does suck for fencing, in actual combat the heavy blade of the cutlass and klewang were DEADLY. This isn't some light bladed rapier. It's definitely too heavy to swing with the wrist alone. Plus the balance is far enough forward that I couldn't call it a 'quick' weapon AT ALL. But that's all very abstract and really unfair. It really wasn't until I swung this particular sword that I realized that these heavy swords I as a fencer so disdained were simply 'perfect' for fighting more than one opponent, especially in close quarters. These short heavy blades were historically some of the deadliest weapons EVER designed. The Japanese even seized and re-purposed thousands of used dutch klewangs almost exactly like this in the pacific during World War II, grinding of the guards to make them appear more like katana and re-issuing them to their soldiers. While the klewang isn't the weapon a fencer might choose, it's record in combat is to say the least impressive.

The truth is, this sword will kill. That's what it wants to do. It was built to hack and slash. It wasn't designed to duel one person. It was built to fight off hordes and destroy anything that is in it's path. It's not for fencing, It's for hacking down fencers.
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This makes a great addition to my collection. I own several cold steel swords, knives, tomahawks, and even a spear. But this is by far the most well built of all of them. And that's saying something.

Of all the cold steel products I own this is my first choice for a larger survival blade. It's good for defense in closed quarters and has enough reach to be effective in open areas as well. It also doubles as a machete.

The only down side is that it is a bit on the heavy side and the point of balance is almost 6 inches from the guard. Which makes it hard to wield for long periods of time. But that weight adds power too. Also if you intend on using this I recommend you watch cold steels saber training videos on youtube. The main reason being that most people swing a sword like a bat and use too much wrist movement. If you have the right technique the weight is much less of an issue. Personally the point of balance is much more of a concern when it comes to swords. Too close to the guard and you have no power. Too close to the tip and you are off balance. But I would rather have the POB closer to the tip rather than closer to the guard. After all you can always compensate for the in-balance with good technique.

The sword itself came well greased and packaged separately from the scabbard. It also had a nice edge to it with the exception of the last few inches by the tip. Which was easily fixed with a file and a stone. The blade and guard also have a nice even bluing. Also please keep in mind this is not a knife. If it is too sharp it will chip or fold when used. This sword in particular has a very hard temper and can have more of an edge to it than longer or thinner blades. But it should not be razor sharp, nor does it need to be.
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I purchased the saber version many years ago from Cold Steel. It is a well made and a heavy, sturdy weapon. The item came packed in what appeared to be cosmoline to prevent it from rusting in warehouse storage. I cleaned it up with alcohol and acetone, and applied auto wax to the metal finish. The item has yet to rust with proper care and waxing.

This item is heavy and the balance portion of the Cutlass is far forward from the hilt. This is standard for a weapon that is also designed to chop. It will take a great deal of wrist strength to wield the item properly. Be careful, this item is no toy!

Also do not leave the item in its scabbard. The item has a leather scabbard that will attract moisture that may rust the item.
I keep mine in the open on a display rack.
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I bought this to fight off any future intruders in the hall way of my house. This will do the trick! It is heavy, the hand guard alone will break a jaw while throwing a punch. The blade is heavy and sharp. If it does not cut off a gun mans hand outright , the weight of the blade will break a wrist with one down stroke. I work out with it in the back yard with campaign posters and milk bottles to practice lunges and strokes. I did a casual tennis style backhand to a water filled plastic milk bottle and sliced it in two pieces effortlessly. A lunge from this will go all the way through the body and be a fatal blow. The longer Cold Steel swords would be harder to weld in the hall way of my house plus they are even heavier! This is a great starter sword. It is heavy, great work out tool. And it will never run out of bullets!
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