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Whether inspired by the Indian tulwar or the Hungarian szabla, the famous British 1796 pattern light cavalry saber enjoyed great success. This saber was first used by the British army and its Hanoverian allies, and then was adopted by the Prussians under Blucher (whose name became attached to the saber) and also by the early United States army. In fact, this pattern was used by the German army up to the 20th century. This highly accurate and extremely durable replica measures 37 3/4" in length, and once in your hand you will understand how it could inflict such horrific wounds as to make it hated by the French. The 33" carbon steel blade is fully sharpened and fits snugly in an authentic leather and wood sheath with steel mounts and fittings. This sword features a leather hilt and hefty guard. This saber is a superb replica, and will be greatly appreciated by Napoleonic reenactors and historical collectors alike! Cold Steel, 88S.
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This sword arrived promptly in very secure packaging. The steel parts come well greased, so have a rag on hand! The sword itself was of incredible quality. The blade was sharp and set firmly into the hilt. If one is used to two-handed swords, or smaller patterns of sabers, the heft of the thing can be a bit disheartening, but you get used to in quickly. The only issue I had was with the scabbard. It is supposed to be a wood core wrapped in leather with steel fittings, but the wood just wasn`t there. It was just a leather pouch with steel fittings. It still carried the sword, but was floppy and cheap-looking. Fortunately, True Swords replaced it for me with a steel scabbard. I think True Swords has the best customer service I have ever worked with. They were truly willing to bend over backwards to make me happy, and succeeded admirably.P.S. As of now no-one knows where the floppy scabbard issue came from, so I suggest you get the steel one, unless you don`t mind your scabbard feeling like a wet noodle
This is a true piece. If you can actually afford this sword, and have REAL experience and the patience to maintain it, buy the damn blade!The sharpness of this saber is only matched by a Damascus katana, which are very rare and twice as expensive. The only problems I have had with this blade is the shipping oils, that were laid on VERY thick for it's protection, so it is a good thing. The swiftness of the shipping was great also, and they were sure to take great care in making, preparing, and shipping this saber. I was quite nervous, even knowing that Cold Steel is one of the absolute and most well known sword and knife companies. I had thought that something would have gone wrong with my shipment, (knowing my luck) and I would have to send my sword back in anger. However, I was happily pleased when I received my saber in the mail, and found out that it is one of the absolute best swords on the market. A five star sword! Great job!
This is a beautiful sword. The pictures do not do it justice. The curvature is greater than what I expected. It feels very comfortable and well-balanced. I bought model 88SS that has the all-steel scabbard-- keep in mind that the steel scabbard will be pretty heavy if you choose to order it. My only (minor) gripes so far are that it had a couple small rust spots where the knuckle guard connects to the pommel (easily fixed), and that while the blade fits nicely into the sheath it isn't quite snug enough to keep the sword from sliding out if turned upside down. Not a big deal, but I prefer a more secure fit. The blade is very sharp, and free from any visible scratches or defects.The shipping time was excellent, and I'm very pleased with my purchase; I look forward to testing it out on some cutting targets soon.