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Cold Steel 88ECS 1908 British Cavalry Saber 35" Carbon Steel Blade, Steel Scabbard

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Part Number: CS88ECS
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS88ECS: 1908 British Cavalry Saber
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What makes the ideal cavalry saber? In the charge you need a narrow, stiff blade with a sharp point to impale your enemies. In the mêlée, on an immobile horse, you need a wide, curved, semi flexible blade for cutting and slashing.

The British pondered this dilemma and in 1908, settled on a saber that favored the thrust. It had a narrow 35" long blade, a thick cross section and a sharp point.

To protect the hand, wrist, and forearm, it had a superb bowl shaped guard and a grip that automatically brought the point "in line" for the perfect thrust. It was easy to carry too, as its scabbard had two rings for suspending it from the saddle or attaching it to a belt or baldric. It was issued throughout the British Empire and it is still used, with minor changes, even today.

Our President, Lynn C. Thompson, became quite enamored with this saber after fencing extensively with it for many years and has brought fourth Cold Steel's interpretation of this extraordinary weapon. It's modeled on the original lines, with just a marginally lighter gauge steel on the bowl guard (improving balance and handling) and a more durable black plastic grip. In our tests, this saber has proven ideal for ground combat (it can be fenced like a rapier) as well as in the saddle and can deliver a frightfully effective cut as well as a lethal thrust.
  • Item Number: 88ECS
  • Name: 1908 British Cavalry Saber
  • Blade Length: 35"
  • Overall Length: 42"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 40.7 oz
  • Handle: 7"
  • Scabbard: Steel Scabbard

UPC Code: 705442009313

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Brighton ON CA
Mar 31, 2017
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
1908 British Cavalry Sabre
Very nicely made for a product created in India. I have purchased Indian made goods in the past (blades & such) & found many items inferior in material & manufacturing. I have also owned antique British / Canadian (& Prussian Empire) blades in the past. I find this sword & scabbard to be on a par with the British made ones (which, frankly surprised the hell out of me). In short excellent for the price. To purchase the real deal (IE: "military issue") British 1908 "style" sabre (which of course they no longer make - so you get the contemporary version) was in the vicinity of $1200.00. The only drawback I can find here is that there is no sword knot despite there being an eye cut for one. Still an authentic sword knot is only in the realm of $25 - $30.00, so purchase this blade & the knot to complete the set (Pooley Sword sells issue swords & knots). I have no idea what kind of abuse this blade would stand up to. It looks as if it could have been forged & indeed "rings" like it as well. Thanks
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