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The army of Napoleon was celebrated for its organization, despite the countless variations in uniforms and equipment. While the rank and file soldiers were issued the standard accoutrements of the day, the officer's ranks were composed of a somewhat vainglorious lot who sought ways to distinguish themselves in both dress and styling of their weaponry. Huge numbers of differently styled edged weapons were issued and some were even custom-made to order. Among the best examples of these special sabers was one forged for Lancer Officers. It was beautifully balanced and offered a moderately curved blade, a sharp useful point, and an excellent three bar hilt. As a cavalry weapon, it was more than suitable for use in a charge and performed equally well when fighting at close range in the mêlée. It was, however, the striking appearance of this saber that really inspired Cold Steel. From the highly polished steel and elegant etchings on the blade, to the intricately decorated solid brass furniture and hilt, it is truly a vision to behold.
Cold Steel took their cue from an antique saber in a friend's collection. This is a saber that deserves to be reintroduced. This faithful reproduction comes with a highly polished, battle-ready blade forged from 1055 high carbon steel, a wire-wrapped leather handle, a polished stainless steel scabbard and a dazzling, highly decorated three bar hilt.
The daggers are approximately made as follows. The basic shape of the blade is made by a laser CNC machine. It is burned from spring steel. The semi-finished blade follows then in the groove cutter, where the cutting edge and the groove are milled. The blade is then oil-quenched and tempered to the desired hardness. Then the guard and pommel is attached to the blade tang. The tang is usually peened at the end (behind the pommel) and the cross-guard hard soldered with brass. Hardwood plates are placed under the handle wrapping from genuine cowhide so that the handle is sufficiently robust for a safe grasp. The steels surfaces obtain the desired finish in the end - with a wire brush or with a felt disc with polishing paste.