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Long British Cutlass – 28” Blade – Universal Swords


Battle Ready
(3 customer reviews)
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Battle Ready

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    The Cutlass; the iconic sword of the seaman. Simple and effective, its robust design was used by Western navies for centuries. It was short for the close quarters of ship fighting, yet not so long as to be tangled in rigging or disadvantaged belowdecks. British, American and Australian navies were still doing routine cutlass drills for their sailors into the early years of the 20th century. It was not until 1936 that the Royal Navy officially relegated the cutlass to a ceremonial weapon.

    There have been numerous accounts of enthusiastic boarding crews ably armed with cutlasses that have overwhelmed larger ships that would have outgunned them in a ranged fight. Such as the 1801 action between the British 14-gun Speedy and the Spanish 32-gun Gamo. A crew of 40 British sailors subdued a frigate three times their number by climbing over their railings, cutlasses in hand and calling for reinforcements that did not exist! The frightened Spanish soon surrendered.

    This long bladed cutlass, made by Universal Swords of India, features a tempered high carbon blade that has been blackened. The hilt is of steel with a grip of brown painted wood sandwiched over the riveted tang. It comes with a leather and riveted scabbard with a blackened steel chape.

    Overall Length33''
    Blade Length28 1/8''
    Weight2 lbs 5.5 oz
    Width40.1 mm
    Thickness5.9 mm - 5.10 mm
    P.O.B.7 1/2''
    Grip Length4 1/2''
    Blade [EN9 High Carbon Steel]
    ClassBattle Ready
    ManufacturerUniversal Swords
    Country of OriginIndia

    3 reviews for Long British Cutlass – 28” Blade – Universal Swords

    1. KSJ

      An example of craftsmanship hard to find in today’s world. Wow. This is one of the best made items I’ve seen in a long time. The sword itself is fairly basic, but that is what it is copying, a mass produced military issue weapon. But it is done so well, with every bit of it being obviously tough and fully usable. It’s not meant to be diamond encrusted, but every ‘basic’ feature is executed like it might be. As much as I like the sword, the scabbard is twice as well built. I have not seen this quality of either leather or construction in too long. The fittings are perfect, the grain is beautiful, and the stitching is better than a bespoke shoe from the finest London shop.

    2. ivanarambvb (verified owner)

      I bought this sword and I am not disappointed. The craftsmanship on the blade is excellent and the finishing on the hilt is excellent as well.
      I was also very happy with the work on the scabbard. The fitting, sewing and riveting were all excellenty done.
      I would say that both sword and scabbard were made by a master craftsman.

      This is a heavy sword that is best for hacking someone’s arm off, as it was meant to be.

      All in all, 5/5 stars. Would definitely recommend.

    3. Horith (verified owner)

      It’s a great sword for the price. The scabbard is beautiful, and the entire thing is extremely well made. Mine had a bit of a rattle on the guard, bit it could be fixed with a screwdriver. It’s not exactly tatami cutting sharp, but it’s not a big blade, and wouldn’t take forever to sharpen yourself. It’s quite light for a one handed sword, and it doesn’t take up much room on your belt. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves swords, or weapons of any kind.

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