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Windlass Steelcrafts 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber


This saber features a blade that is made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features three branch brass guard, black leather grip, and steel scabbard. Overall length of 41-1/4 inches.


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This fine saber has a 1065 high carbon steel blade with full tang and is well tempered. An authentic replica of the highest caliber. This historically accurate saber was well known as the “Wrist Breaker”. The model 1840 Cavalry Saber has a three branch brass guard, brass wire wrapped black leather grip, and comes with a steel scabbard. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
  • Overall: 41-1⁄4"
  • Blade: 35-3⁄4" x 11⁄4" x 9⁄32"
  • Wt: 2 lbs/5 oz

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Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length41-1/4"
Blade Length35-3/4"
Blade Width11/4"
Blade Thickness9/32"
Weight2 lbs 5 oz
Material1065 High Carbon Steel


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A long time coming!
As a fencer, reenactor, drill team member (saber), and free-form sword fighter, I dreamed of the perfect weapon.  When I received "Old Wrist Breaker", I put it on my sword belt, took it into the driveway, took it through the military manual of arms, then proceeded into a combat exercise, ending with shouldering arms.  It felt NATURAL!  Light and well-balanced, I saw no reason for it to have earned its nickname.  My only regret is that I had not paid extra to have it factory sharpened.
- David, February 13, 2019
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Long time coming!
As a fencer (sabre), reenactor, and military drill team member (sabre), I longed for a nicely-balanced blade that I could feel comfortable with in formal attire or in a fight for survival.  I never much cared for the modern military swords, but when I received "Old Wrist Breaker", I took it out into the driveway on my sword belt, unsheathed it, then took it through the manual of arms, followed by a few combat moves, then back up to shoulder-arms.  WHAT A THRILL!  My only regret is that I failed to pay the extra money to have it professionally sharpened at the factory.
- David, February 13, 2019
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Old Wrist Breaker
Large slashing Dragoon Saber which replaced the earlier smaller thrusting Dragoon Saber.  Very high quality piece.  Now, since I own both, I can portray both time periods of a pre-Civil War, 1st Regiment Dragoon Trooper west of the Mississippi.  I was lucky enough examine an original of Civil War vintage, which was found in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the early 20th century by my Father-in-law.
- Robert, December 17, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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Well made and balanced. Overall I am very happy with it. Only improvement I would suggest for it is to stamp into the metal the US rather than printing/painting it on the blade near the hand guard. I look forward to years of service from it. W.L. Maddox
- William, May 19, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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