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This saber was widely used by the French infantry in „Napoleon times“ in almost all of Europe. The famous general has established with this sabre the tradition of sabrage, when the throats of champagne bottles were knocked off after a victorious battle in 1812. The French name Briquet stands for fire steel and was probably a jocular word created for this weapon.
The saber has a forged, unsharpened blade made of carbon steel. The handle parts are made of brass. The sabre comes with a scabbard with brass fittings.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.