By: Windlass Steelcrafts
The mortuary sword has very close ties to the English basket hilt and is sometimes referred to as the English half-basket. This type was mainly a cavalry-issued weapon of both Royalist and Parliamentarian forces. In fact, it may be looked at as the great grandfather of 18th and 19th century cavalry sabers. One of the best originals of this type of sword is one believed to have been owned by Oliver Cromwell – General of the Parliamentarian forces – and which now resides in the Royal Armories, London.
The sword has a full steel basket, which has received a special process to darken the steel to a near black finish. It is equip with a hand forged high carbon steel blade that has been through tempered giving it just the right amount of flex while remaining rigid enough for effective thrusting. The wooden handle is covered with ray skin for a solid grip, then wired wrapped. The scabbard is constructed of a heavy grade leather with steel fittings finished to matched the blackened basket.
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