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1860 Naval Cutlass

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The 1860 Naval Cutlass is a fine reproduction of the cutlass designed by Ames and first carried in 1860. A fine addition to your Civil War armory. Features an unsharpened, hand forged, high carbon steel blade, with brass cup hilt and a leather and wire wrapped wood grip. Includes a leather scabbard with brass accents and belt frog. Its 25 1/2″ blade and brass basket hand-guard were well suited for the close quarters combat of wooden ships and iron men. Leather frog. 31 1/2″ overall. The Naval Cutlass Sword comes with scabbard.

Overall Length31 1/2''
Blade Length25 1/2''
Weight2 lb 0.2 oz
Width30.8 mm
Thickness4.6 mm - 3.2 mm
P.O.B.4 1/4''
Grip Length3 7/8''
Blade [1065 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerWindlass Steelcrafts
Country of OriginIndia

5 reviews for 1860 Naval Cutlass

  1. Brandin G.

    Excellent Sword The sword is in immaculate condition, it is incredibly light weight, well balanced and feels great in the hand. It is well sharpened, and the scabbard and frog are well made of a sturdy leather.

  2. Jesse

    Elegantly tough Excellent little sabre, very close copy, based on my research, to the originals. In fact, take it back to the 19th Century and it would probably pass for one-except for the Windlass maker’s mark. Handles very well, very fast and maneuverable, one can feel the sword pivoting around its point of balance, which at 4 1/4 inches is gives the sword strong blade presence without feeling blade heavy. And the construction, well, it’s very solid, will certainly stand up to a smash up melee’. The only downside are a few finishing issues. There are small pits in the brass in a couple spots and the where the knuckle-bow and the pommel cap meet is very slightly misaligned. This doesn’t effect the strength of the construction in anyway and it’s only noticeable if you know to look for it and even then from certain angles you’d have to look twice (and the cutlass is still a handsome piece). In all, a great sword, elegant and brutal all at once. By the way, in addition to being historically on the mark it also makes a great Steampunk looking sword for those Air Privateers out there in your zeppelins and Sopwith Camels.

  3. Cecil B.

    Admirable sword, and service. Surprizingly elegant looking for a cutlass, and quite nimble in the hand is this replica of the U.S. Navy M1860 cutlass. My life has never depended on a sword and I should not pretend to experience I don’t have, but I feel pretty sure that this is a serviceable sword my several generations of U.S. Navy relatives would have been happy to have to hand. I did first receive a blade with serious flaw, but when I complained Kult of Athena courteously and promptly replaced it with no additional expense to me. I greatly appreciate that. Mistakes happen in every company—it is how they deal with them that counts. The sharpening service was also good. Thanks to Ryan and company!

  4. Michael McKenzie

    Fabulous cutlass I bought this a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. The blade geometry and center of balance work well for my build and style. I love the clean lines and simple elegance. It is easy to control on the thrust and quick to parry. For a Windlass piece it is surprisingly good.

    I opted for CoA’s sharpening service and was not disappointed. While not as sharp as I prefer they were able to grind the Windlass monstrously thick blunt edge to useable.

  5. Land W.

    Ouch! I purchased a blunt, munitions version of this product for practice and sparring. I have one very important piece of advice for users of this blade:


    Preferably thick leather ones. That ornamental texture wrapping around the handle? Yeah, that texture gets really grating on the palm after a while. After just a few swings the hand shock kicks in, and the metal wire wrapping will leave you with blisters.

    That being said, it handles well for a budget sword. Reasonable center of mass and sufficient point control, noted.

    I expect it, in the hands of a skilled user, to perform well enough against water bottles or beach mats or whatever we’re cutting on nowadays. Avoid wood, especially dead wood, as always and never use bare handed.

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