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Cold Steel 1860 US Heavy Cavalry Saber


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(3 customer reviews)
Battle Ready

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    At the outbreak of the American Civil War, there were two types of sabers issued to the Federal Cavalry: ”light” and ”heavy”. The light version was popular, but the heavy model, dubbed the ”Old Wrist Breaker” was the one worth owning, as it was a superior weapon. Its 36” blade offered big reach advantages over most sabers, and its substantial weight gave it the leverage to easily crush bones and sever limbs or even a head with a single blow. The brass guard had three bars to protect the hand and the grip was wire bound leather and capped with a sturdy pommel. In its double ringed, steel scabbard, it could be easily attached to a saddle or to a belt.

    The Cold Steel 1860 US Heavy Cavalry Saber features a sharpened 1055 carbon steel blade with a hard spring temper. The guard is brass with a leather covered, wire wrapped grip. Includes a steel scabbard with hanging rings.

    Overall Length41 5/8''
    Blade Length35 1/2''
    Weight2 lb 6.9 oz
    Width31.8 mm
    Thickness8.6 mm - 3.2 mm
    P.O.B.6 3/4''
    Grip Length4 1/8''
    Blade [1055 High Carbon Steel]
    ClassBattle Ready
    ManufacturerCold Steel
    Country of OriginIndia

    3 reviews for Cold Steel 1860 US Heavy Cavalry Saber

    1. Louis Levesque

      Solid and fearsome I have owned my example since 2009, and it has been one of my very favorite blades. It has a distal taper, and is ruggedly constructed. This is also probably the longest bladed saber out there. It flexes when it needs to without being whippy. This sword is an excellent cutter that combines brute force with the finesse of the saber’s design. The downside: my only complaint is that this is a rather blade heavy sword, and is probably a tad heavy for a weapon of this type, though not to a degree that would make it unusable in combat. I would say that it is not a beginner’s weapon. You have to train for it. This is typical of the M1840 heavy cavalry saber design that this piece is actually based upon despite what Cold Steel names it. I would go so far as to say that in terms of balance and weight, the Cold Steel version is vastly superior to the 6 lb. monstrosities that the U.S. Dragoon used during the American Mexican War period. If you train for this weapon a bit, you will be rewarded for the effort.

    2. Aaron J.

      Pretty good saber I like this saber. The grip is very comfortable and holds up nicely, and it cuts pretty well. It’s a bit heavy as far as saber’s go, but that’s kind of the point. My only complaints are the secondary bevel and the metal scabbard which can dull the blade if you don’t draw it correctly.

    3. John R. Morrison (verified owner)

      I have just ordered this sword,and I am awaiting delivery of it. The only flaw that I can see is this is actually an 1840 heavy cavalry saber. The heavy sword was not produced after 1858.The other issue is the hand guard which is the same as the 1860 saber.The outer bar on the 1840 hand guard is bent in toward the hand,something I can correct. You are correct that both types were used in the Civil War.

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