Saber no-dachi

length: 44 1/2"
blade: 34 1/2"
blade width: 1 1/8"
grip: 9 3/4"
weight: 1 lb 14 oz

Antique US cavalry saber reworked into a long Japanese style two-hand sword by Colorado weaponsmith Tom Hyle. Tough springy blade stamped "N.J" - I've been unable to determine the manufacturer, but I'm sure that doesn't stand for "New Jersey". Tang was soft steel, has since been taken up to cherry-red and slow cooled three times for extra strength and temper. Grip is koa wood with brass fittings, sheath is curly maple with poplar edges and antique brass fittings. Really sweet feel to this sword - nice balance, weight, and flow.