The cutlass sword is a short, broad sabre or slashing sword, with a straight or slightly curved blade sharpened on the cutting edge, and a hilt often featuring a solid cupped or basket-shaped guard. It was a common naval weapon during the Age of Sail. The cutlasses are famous for being used by pirates. Pirates used these weapons for intimidation as much as for combat. Often no more than to gripping their hilts induced a crew to surrender. They also used the flat of the blade to force compliance or responsiveness during interrogation.
The sword is made from 1095 steel. 1095 steel is the highest carbon steel commonly used in swords. It has a carbon level of .95% which is one of the highest carbon levels for any type of steel. The most common high carbon swords are 1045 steel which only have .45% carbon content in the steel. 1095 steel is known for its ability to maintain an edge and is an incredibly hard steel. 1095 steel typically has a hardness of 56-58 HRC. The problem with 1095 steel is that it is lacks flexibility. Flexibility is critical to sword making so the sword doesn't break on high impact collisions. To increase the flexibility of this steel, clay tempering is used to soften the steel. The clay is thickly painted on the blade to insulates the parts of the blade that we want softened so they cool more slowly during the quenching process. In this case, the clay is painted everywhere except the edge. This clay tempering process keeps the strong and sharp edge of the blade while allowing the rest of the blade to be more flexible. This process optimizes the strength of the blade and maximizes its sharpness creating an incredible strong blade and sharp edge.
Handle Material: Wood with Brass Bolsters
Overall Length: 33"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Leather sheath
Blade Material: 1095 steel
Cutlass Sword - High Carbon 1095 Steel Sword-33" - Pirate Sword- Swashbuckling Sword
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