By: Cold Steel
This saber was widely used by the British and their Prussian allies under General Blucher in the Battle of Waterloo. The blade was derived from the ferocious Indian Talwar and was reviled by the French who protested its use due to the horribly destructive wounds it inflicted. In fact, this saber was so successful as a cutting weapon, that the German Cavalry continued to use it right up to the beginning of the 20th century! If you want a combat quality saber that will pass the British Proof Test and is fully capable of shearing off arms and even legs with a single blow, this is a must have! It comes fully sharpened with an all steel scabbard with steel mounts.
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5/5 average from 4 reviews
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"This I think is a later generation of the Cold Steel 1796 Light Cavalry Saber: Early versions where criticized as being too heavy with little to no distal taper. This improved 1796 saber version has good distal taper, might still be a little heavier than the period originals, but the handling seems good in hand. The main edge is sharpened only on the forward half part of the saber blade which means that the unsharpened forte of the blade has a thicker 2 or 3 mm edge good for parrying and not taking much if any edge damage. In any case the forward half of a sword blade is the most likely to be used to cut. The last 8" of the false edge is also sharpened. Oh, the sharpened parts of the blade easily cut paper out of the box. One criticism is that the steel scabbard uses some sort of foam insert instead of the period correct inner wooden core liner, but on the positive side the foam retains the saber very well in the scabbard. I made one modification to the scabbard by covering the scabbard's opening sharp edged steel corners where they would contact the sharpened edges of the saber with very small pieces of wood epoxied in place, this so that the steel scabbard opening doesn't dull the blade each time one withdraws the sword: This was an easy fix using wooden popsicle sticks to cover the steel. Overall I'm very pleased with the saber." - Jean (5/5)
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