Cold Steel 88FBS Officer's Five Ball Spadroon 32" Carbon Steel Blade, Ivory Handle


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CS88FBS: Officer's Five Ball Spadroon
Cold Steel
Officer's Five Ball Spadroon

In the age of sail, officers were expected to fight right alongside common deckhands. An officer never made his choice of weapon recklessly when he knew he to had to fight hand to hand to repel boarders. The clear choice was a Spadroon as his primary edged weapon. It was lighter than a cutlass, offered a long, stiff blade, was imminently suitable for thrusting, and had a sharp edge capable of delivering a stinging cut. Original antique Spadroons are quite scarce, and far too valuable to use as actual weapons, but luckily you can get a Cold Steel reproduction. Loosely modeled on historical examples, our Spadroon has been hardened to a spring temper, and fully sharpened, it's capable delivering a fearsome cut as well as a lethal thrust. It's handsome too, with a multi ridged faux ivory grip and a gorgeous brass hilt replete with the requisite five ball counter guard and knuckle bow.

Not to be outshined, the scabbard is equally impressive. It's fashioned from rich black leather, and hand stitched, and comes with a mirror polished, solid brass chape, throat, and carrying rings.
  • Blade Length: 32"
  • Overall Length: 38"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 20.2 oz
  • Handle Material: Faux Ivory
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard With Brass Fittings
  • Made in India

UPC Code: 705442010210

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
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Peter C
Nov 11, 2016
I think it's great... for what it is!
Everyone who collects swords has an idea of what the perfect one is like - that is what this is for me. Weight is just right to be truly nimble with the point and enable REAL fencing maneuvers, but also to enact slashing cuts that really could be devastating. Yes, I have read the arguments of weight versus speed and sabers vs foils - this blade bridges that gap for me. No, you would not want it in a cavalry charge - but one-on-one against any sword it cannot be beaten for speed and is stout enough to survive until you can deliver the coup de grace thrust. Because its point is LETHAL.
4 out of 5
Mar 28, 2013
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Usable, Materials, None
Cons: Handle Material
Fantastic apart from the handle construction
I got this in a week ago and was very pleased overall. The weight is perfect for light, quick movements, particularly thrusts (which, as a competition foilist, is exactly what I was looking for). The only downside I ran into is that after some light cutting (cardboard boxes), the handle began to come loose. There is a well disguised screw at the bottom of the handle which keeps the handle and fittings in place on the tang. However, once this is fitted on the handle is glued to take out any play. In my case, the glue broke loose and the handle began to separate from the tang became quite loose. I emailed knifecenter about this issue and had a replacement within a week, very good service. Overall I love the sword, just wish the handle was designed a little better.
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