Cold Steel 88SMS Small Sword 31-1/4" Carbon 1055 Blade


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Part #: CS88SMS | Cold Steel Knives
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The advantage of the sword point over the edge became increasingly evident by the end of the 16th century. The Rapier, with its long, elegantly thin profile which emphasized its point, became the popular choice in civilian self-defense. It was however a somewhat unwieldy weapon especially when it was used in narrow, crowded streets and alleyways. Eventually a more sophisticated, shorter and lighter version emerged that by the end of the 17th century had evolved into an entirely new weapon, the Small Sword.
Civilians carried it for as long as swords remained an integral part of fashionable dress. Its primary advantage was its stiff, lightweight blade which was forged in a triangular cross section. It was a highly lethal weapon, ideal for thrusting, and hung conveniently from a sash, baldric, or belt. The hilt (compared to the Rapier?s) was simple and smartly functional, consisting of no more than an elliptical plate, or two shells and a light knuckle guard.
The Cold Steel Small Sword duplicates the original model in weight, balance, triangular cross section, and deadly sharp point, but uses modern materials like 1055 high carbon blade steel, heat treated to a tough spring temper. The hilt features two shells with functional finger loops and a light, but strong, knuckle guard. Perfectly balanced and weighing only 22 ounces, the Small Sword comes complete with an attractive leather scabbard that features an intricately decorated throat and chape.
Blade Length: 31 1/4"
Blade Thick: 7/16"
Handle: 7"
Overall length: 38 1/4""
Weight: 22.6 oz
Steel: 1055 High Carbon
Leather Scabbard
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David W
Tucson, Az
Sep 14, 2013
Pros: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Cool Sword
Another great Cold Steel product! This sword, as interpreted by CS, recreates the small sword style nicely. I like the attractive design, polish, and sturdy construction in addition to the stiff blade ending in a deadly point. This sticker is great against cardboard and melons and allows anyone to practice their point strikes. It's easily handled by folks of any size.
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United States
Jun 15, 2013
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Cons: None
Cold Steel Small Sword
The Cold Steel Small Sword is very similar to a rapier. With that in mind, it had the limitations of a sword of this kind. For what it is, it is a fantastic sword. It goes through cardboard boxes like a hot knife through butter. I have had no problems with it, but I have seen some reviews saying that the wire handle can unravel over time. Based on my sword, however, I do not think that this is likely. Another point to note --- only about 2 inches of the sword is sharpened ( basically, the point ). You could, if you desired sharpen the whole edge, but I chose not to. All in all, this sword is a deadly, pointy sword, and I am very pleased with it.
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