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Rawlings sparring cutlass - silver blade

These training swords are constructed in the United Kingdom from a special blend of high impact plastics and are meant for blossfechten sparring (when used with appropriate safety measures and gear). Inherently safer than steel or aluminum training swords, they can also be used for drills and pell work, and are an excellent option for theatrical use. The blades are designed to flex in the last 1/3 of their length, allowing for much safer thrusting than is possible with wooden wasters or shinai. The blade/tang joint (traditionally a weak point in flexible synthetic swords) is reinforced by a high tensile steel rod which runs the full length of the grip. The ball-shaped quillon finials and rounded pommels are designed for sparring safety. The grips are manufactured from a rubber-like thermoplastic elastomer, designed to absorb the impact of strikes and to provide a tight fit on the tangs.

Although also used on land, the cutlass is best known as the sailor's weapon of choice. Its popularity was likely due to the fact that it was not only robust enough to hack through heavy ropes, canvas, and wood, but short enough to use in relatively close quarters: during boarding actions, in the rigging, or below decks. Another advantage to the cutlass was its simplicity of use. Employing it effectively required less training than that required to master a rapier or smallsword, and it was more effective as a close-combat weapon than a full-sized sword would be on a cramped ship.

length: 36 3/4"
blade: 30"
blade width: 2"
guard: 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 6"
interior grip length: 4 1/2"
balance point: 6" from guard
weight: 1 lb 10.3 oz

Price: $80

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