Civilian Saber

The cavalry saber reached the height of its popularity during the Napoleonic wars. It was a very effective weapon of war, used both by officers on foot and troopers mounted on horseback. But it had one drawback: It was much too cumbersome for civilian use. Even the lightest models were too long for practice daily carry. Additionally, the multiple bar hilt (which protected the hand from an opposing blade) had the potential to catch, snag, or hook on objects in passing. The solution was to scale the military saber down to about the size and weight of a Small Sword, modify the knuckle bow and add a folding guard. This modification allowed the civilian saber to be worn much closer to the body on lighter belts and baldrics. Worn for self-defense, or as a sign of authority, it shortly became a common military dress accessory, even to this day.

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Civilian Saber

Cold Steel's modern interpretation of the civilian or military dress saber is hand-forged out of 1055 high carbon steel with a hard spring temper and sports a narrow, modestly curved blade that terminates in a wickedly effective point. Stout enough to defend against much larger weapons, yet light enough to be fenced elegantly from the fingers and wrist like a Small Sword, it can outmaneuver more ponderous blades while remaining ready to deliver a telling blow or lightning quick thrust.

Featuring a highly detailed British lion motif on the hilt and matching folding guard, as well as a luxurious leather and brass wire grip, this saber is elegant enough for the most formal occasions and sure to endure for generations.


  • Blade material: 1055 high carbon steel
  • Overall length: approx. 91.4 cm
  • Blade length: approx. 81.3 cm
  • Blade thickness: approx. 6.4 mm
  • Handle length: approx. 10.1 cm
  • Weight: approx. 782 g
  • Delivery including leather scabbard with brass fittings

Complementing the hilt is an equally rich yet sturdy scabbard made of thick black leather and heavily reinforced with a polished brass chape, throat and hanging rings.

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What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blade?

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.

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