The 1860 US Light Cavalry Saber from LK Chen was reproduced from LK Chen after careful analysis of an 1864 original to not only create a fine looking saber, but also a reproduction saber with a sharp cutting blade that has the proper weight, balance and handling characteristics of a 19th century military saber. LK Chen is already well renowned for crafting superb replicas of Chinese sword with great attention paid to performance cutting characteristics and he has utilized that expertise and knowledge base to create this 19th century cavalry saber. The well-tempered blade is crafted from high quality GB 60Si2MnA High Carbon Spring Steel and careful attention was paid to distal taper and fuller thickness to ensure that the sword has a thick and durable base and a thinned main cutting portion to imbue it with excellent balance and cutting ability.
The three-bar guard is cast from durable brass and the wooden grip is ground in black leather and overlaid with braided brass wire. The blade was peened over the pommel to ensure an altogether robust construction. Included with the sword is a scabbard of stainless steel with a pair of hanging rings for wear.
The 1860 saber received its name to distinguish it from the larger and heavier Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber that it replaced. Like its predecessor M1840 it had a brass guard, leather-wrapped grip and steel scabbard but unlike the M1840 it was smaller and easier to handle. M1860s were carried not only by cavalry but also by many infantry and staff officers. High-ranking officers, often had their swords ornately engraved with gilding and foliage. Famous 1860 saber owner’s included Union general George Armstrong Custer and Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart.
Except for a few early German imports, the majority of 1860 sabers were produced in the US, primarily by Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts, a major provider of side arms, swords, light artillery, and heavy ordnance for the Union in the American Civil War, and by firms such as Tiffany and Co in New York and Emerson and Silver in Trenton, New Jersey. LK Chen US 1860 Cavalry Saber is created after detailed study of an 1864 Emerson and Silver antique saber.