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Dutch Kelwang Cutlass - WES1067

Dutch Kelwang Cutlass

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Overall Length: 29 3/8'' Blade: 24 1/8''
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Blade:1095 High Carbon Steel
Weight:1 lb 7.4 oz
Edge: Unsharpened
P.O.B.:5 3/4''
Thickness:4.1 mm - 2.2 mm
Width:32.7 mm
Grip Length:4''

This replica of the Dutch 1898 Klewang Cutlass by Weapon Edge swords has a tempered blade of 1095 high carbon steel. The guard, pommel and grip plate are of steel and the grip is tightly wrapped in tough black leather. The sword is paired with a scabbard of steel with a steel hanging ring.

Unlike most cutlasses which are purpose-made for seaborne combat, the Dutch introduced the Klewang Cutlass to give the troops of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army a fighting blade to counter the Indonesian swords used by their foes in the Dutch East Indies holdings. This put the Dutch troops into a more favorable fighting stance than they previously had in fighting the quick slicing swords of the native Indonesians with heavy rifles and bayonets. With its machete-like blade the sword was not only a decisive chopper, but it could aptly be used to clear through thick brush. The design was used by Dutch forces until the 1950s.

The design of the Dutch Klewang was likely a major inspiration in the design of the US M1917 Naval Cutlass.


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