The Model 1913 saber was the last functional sword issued to and used by the U.S. Cavalry. Based upon the British M1908 saber, the American version was designed by Lieutenant George S. Patton Jr., Master of the Sword at Fort Riley, Kansas. (This was quite a while before he became General George S. Patton Jr., Master of Kicking Much Nazi Butt at the European Front.)
This straight saber was primarily a thrusting weapon, used in full charge as a short lance. If the cavalryman misses one foe, he goes on to another, moving in straight lines with the intent of running his opponent through. An impaled opponent will like probably fall from his horse, sliding off of and clearing the straignt saber for further use. The sharpened back edge makes it much easier to withdraw from a body than would be the case if the blade were single edged. In the charge with the point, all the energy of the horse and weight of the horse and rider is focused on one sharp point of impact.
This quality reproduction features a tempered high carbon steel blade, a steel guard just a touch lighter than the originals, checkered plastic grips (as per the originals), a single fuller, and a wood scabbard with steel fittings.
blade: 35 1/4"
blade width: 1 1/8" at ricasso
blade width: 1/2" at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 6 5/8"
balance point: 2 1/2" from guard
weight (sword): 3 lb 0.0 oz
weight (sword and scabbard): 4 lb 1.5 oz