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Cold Steel 1917 Cutlass Handle with Leather Scabbard
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a phenomenally effective sword. Heavy on the wrist and clumsy if you try to use it like a fencer, but if you pull from the bottom it becomes a whirling blade of tremendous... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Timothy Williams
Albeit new to sabres and cutlasses, I have mixed views on this cutlass.
It is, as advertised, a very sturdy reliable blade. Read more
However... Mine was very unbalanced and quite heavy for its size (weak wrist from an injury, so it may be just me). But it is more of a costume piece anyway
Heavy duty..not quite as sharp as I expected from Cold Steel..hand guard loosens easily. I needed something heavy...got it.Published 4 months ago by jonesjunk
It's amazing, I woke up this morning with the package at my door, an first thing I did was open it up an take the wrapping stuff off. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Morgan M.
I have wanted this sword since 2002. I bit because of taxes. I love it. I own a lot of Coldsteel. Never bought the sword. But do not regret. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael S.