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British 1897 Infantry Sword - USS158A

British 1897 Infantry Sword

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Overall Length: 38 3/8'' Blade: 32 3/8''
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Blade: EN9 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 14.2 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 5 3/8''
Thickness: 4.9 mm - 3 mm
Width: 22.9 mm
Grip Length: 4''
Pommel: Nut

The 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword is the current ceremonial sword used by the British infantry to this day. It was the large-scale replacement to the 1845 Infantry Officer Sword. Understandably it saw limited useful action in WWI amongst a battlefield of machine guns and artillery, but the blade made an excellent showing of itself in the close-quarters fighting in the Reconquest of Sudan. In the First World War, Bernard Montgomery is known to have drawn and advanced in a counter-offensive with his 1897 sword. It remains in official production for ceremony wear to this day.

It is regarded as one of the best British fighting swords issued. The blade is clearly intended for thrusting and in this it richly excells. It maintains enough thickness for a parry and is tapered, agile and capable of decent cuts and slashes. The wide guard gives excellent hand protection without encumbering the natural movement of the hand and wrist.

This 1987 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword has a blade of unsharpened, tempered high carbon steel. The blade is heavily embossed with the Royal Regalia of Britain and of Queen Elizabeth II. The hilt is of steel and bears the Royal cypher of contemporary reigning Queen Elizabeth II on the guard. The grip is of black faux rayskin and the scabbard is of steel with two steel hanging rings.

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