Step back into the golden age of piracy with the iconic Cutlass sword – a symbol of power, might, and maritime mastery. This short and broad slashing sword, whether straight or slightly curved, was the weapon of choice for many a sailor and pirate. Distinguished by its solid cupped or basket-shaped guard, the Cutlass was a mainstay naval weapon during the Age of Sail.
Historical Notoriety: Cutlasses, with their rich maritime heritage, have earned notoriety mostly for their association with pirates. More than a mere weapon for combat, pirates employed these sabres as instruments of fear and coercion. The very sight of a pirate brandishing his cutlass could force surrender from opposing crews. For those unfortunate souls subjected to interrogation, the flat of the blade served as an additional motivator for compliance.
Blade: Meticulously forged from pattern-welded Damascus steel, the blade stands as a testament to the skills of ancient smiths. With a layering process that involves folding the steel five times, the blade possesses a staggering 352 layers. This Damascus steel, renowned for its hardness and resilience, boasts a Rockwell hardness rating of 55-56 HRC. Embedded within these layers is the high carbon 1095 steel, known for its edge retention and strength. The outcome? A blade that not only holds a razor-sharp edge but can also endure the rigors of intense combat.
Handle: Complementing the blade's magnificence is a handle made of durable wood, beautifully accented with brass bolsters. This design ensures a comfortable grip while adding an element of elegance to the overall weapon.
Sheath: Every cutlass comes with a leather sheath, ensuring its protection and offering ease of transport.
- Handle: Wood, accentuated with Brass Bolsters
- Length: An impressive 23"
- Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
- Sheath: Crafted from Premium Leather
- Blade Composition: Damascus Steel with layers of Carbon Steel #43 and #40 and High Carbon Steel 1095
- Layering Process: Ranging from the 1st Fold at 22 Layers to the 5th Fold culminating in 352 Layers
The Cutlass – more than a weapon, it's a piece of history. Whether as an addition to a collection, a functional tool, or a conversation starter, this High Carbon Damascus Steel Sword embodies the spirit of the swashbuckling pirate era. Seize yours and set sail on an adventure across the seven seas!
I gave the cutlass that I purchased to my son for as a Christmas present, because he is a Navy veteran. He also collects swords. He enjoyed it very much. The sword and the sheath were well made.
I bought this sword as a retirement gift and ordered it about 10 days before I had to travel to TN to present it. I was concerned because I needed it engraved and the scabbard etched with initials. I read the reviews from other customers, taking that with a grain of salt since some reviews are bogus, but at least those confirmed the sword had a sharp edge. I placed the order on the weekend, Monday morning I received an email requesting confirmation of the name & initials for the engraving & etching and Thursday I had the sword in my hands!!! I was (and still am) shocked I received this sword so fast considering they had to engrave the sword and etch the scabbard. Awesome!! And the quality of the sword was every bit as good as all the other reviews had said. The recipient and all in attendance were amazed with this sword. It was a home run and the quality and customer service of Battling Blades are a cut above (yeah, pun intended)!!