The Cutlass was made for the sea from tip to pommel. They were designed with shorter blades to make them maneuverable in tight quarters. If boarding or being boarded by a foe these short blades could be used below deck in tight corridors or narrow passage ways effectively where larger swords of the times would be at a great disadvantage. The shorter blades also make them more agile and easier to control for not just warfare but utilitarian tasks as well. On a ship there is limited space for unnecessary cargo and tools so these could also be used to cut rope or sails and other daily chores on board. These blades also work well as machetes during land excursions. This would come in quite handy for pirates as they were finding a place inland to stash their loot. The full guards were useful in defense and offensively when used for a striking during combat.
With distinct advantages in usage these swords were built with materials made to withstand the harsh elements of the seas such as salt water and air which is very corrosive to most materials. It was not practical to have your sword dripping with oil so exposed parts would be made from brass because brass does not rust at sea. The Tempered, high carbon steel blade would be left oiled to protect it from the elements. These swords are made with a carved hard wood grip and come complete with a full leather scabbard with brass accents.
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