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Swedish 17th Century M1685 Sword - USS705

Swedish 17th Century M1685 Sword

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Overall Length: 41 1/2'' Blade: 35 1/4''
Retail Price:$385.00
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Blade: 1055 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 13 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 5 3/4''
Thickness: 5.6 mm - 3.1 mm
Width: 33.8 mm
Grip Length: 3 3/4''
Pommel: Peened

This Swedish M1685 sword is crafted with a blade forged from 1055 high carbon steel; it is mounted and securely peened into a hilt of blackened steel. The wood grip was completed with an intricate and tight binding of wound and braided brass wire. The sword is paired with a wood-core scabbard which is overlaid in black leather and finished with a blackened steel chape, locket and hanger.

One of the earliest mass-produced weapons, the Swedish M1685 was a standardized sword with over 300,000 produced. The blades were of a cut-and-thrust design and the hilts were typically iron and painted black as proof against rust. An oval-disc guard coupled with a two-bar knucklebar give good protection for the hand and an integrated thumb ring gives the sword better handling characteristics and better point control. Produced from 1685-1737, these swords were in use for over a hundred years. In 1832 many of these swords were cut-down and re-purposed as hangers for naval use.

This sword was commonly used by the famed Swedish Carolean (Karoliner) army; a military force that was, by necessity, drilled and trained to a higher standard than most armies of the time due to Sweden’s lack of manpower. To compete on the world stage with foreign European powers the Swedes opted for quality over quantity, supplemented by aggressive battlefield tactics that emphasized a spirited offense. To contend with the typically greater numbers of their foes a Carolean force marched to engage an enemy and would only fire volleys at close range. Their live-fire training ensured that a Carolean volley struck with more bite than most foes and after a timed volley-fire the Carolean infantry charged with swords, bayonets and pikes in a fierce rush which swept most foes from the field with the ferocity of the charge and the extensive use of dedicated melee weaponry. Integral to the success of their battle-winning charges were swords such as the M1685.

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