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1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

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The 1860 Light Cavalry Saber was a copy of an earlier French issue saber and was manufactured in the North and in Europe for the Union forces.

Features a tempered carbon steel blade, solid brass guard & pommel, and a wood grip wrapped in leather and brass wire. Includes a steel scabbard with hanging rings.

Overall Length39 1/2''
Blade Length33 5/8''
Weight1 lb 14.5 oz
Width28 mm
Thickness4.2 mm - 3.6 mm
P.O.B.7 1/4''
Grip Length4''
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerWindlass Steelcrafts
Country of OriginIndia

2 reviews for 1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

  1. M. H.

    Great Value This is an extremely affordable, pretty, and functional cutter. For close to $100 you get a cool piece of history that is well executed. It handles well and cuts even better. The brass guard and metal scabbard both look gorgeous. It looks and feels very much like a real antique Union Light Cavalry saber.

    The only problems I had with the sword are easily fixed.
    There wasn’t any retention in the scabbard. I gorilla glued a small piece of leather to the inside of the scabbard and it pinches down on the flat near the strong of the blade to hold it in place. It was an easy fix and it holds even when upside down. It also prevents metal on blade contact when drawing the blade.

    The next problem was with the small piece of cloth that is placed on the hilt to prevent contact with the scabbard when the blade is sheathed. It is loose and can easily slide down the blade. Antique sabers usually have a piece of cork but I substituted leather as a replacement for the cloth.

    The last thing isn’t really a problem. The wire on the grip tends to dig in to your hands. I have callused hands and I can handle the sword comfortably but some may wish to use gloves to protect the palms. I find the wire useful in maintaining a good hold.

  2. Alielbaryeshua (verified owner)

    I originally purchased this as a ceremonial weapon to go along with all of my old cavalry gear from my stint in the army. The 124th were Cavalry Scouts, so a light cavalry union blade was the best fit. It’s front heavy like all cavalry sabers, but otherwise it’s pretty well balanced. After sharpening it arrived ready to cleave. My only complaint is the scabbard. While the scabbard looks like it might be stainless steel, it’s not. Within the first few months of sitting in my dry closet, the scabbard developed BB sized rust spots all over it, from top to bottom. And this was AFTER I had preemptively rubbed on a layer of petroleum based gun oil to the blade and scabbard. The blade looks fine, but the scabbard is made from some pretty cheap steel. So I’d recommend putting some kind of anti-rest preservative on it and then placing the sword in one of those anti-moisture gun socks for storage. I would NOT put this sword on display unless you want it to rust.

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