This cutlass is a great representation of the tough and sometimes brutal life that pirates lead; battle ready with a thirst for a good fight. Did you know that cutlasses were favored by sailors due to their small size and ease of use? Its true. Pirates also often stole these swords from Naval Personnel after raiding their ships. They were commonly used for cutting ropes, canvas and wood, and in battle for close quarter combat and boarding actions. Another advantage to the cutlass was its simplicity of use: It required less training than the rapier or small sword, and was more effective as a combat weapon than the full-sized sword. The blade you see here is made from EN45 carbon steel with a fuller to balance and lighten the blade. Speaking of the blade, it comes oiled to prolong to prolong its life. The blade has no edge so it is great for costumes or re-enactments. You can hone it to your own specifications. The guard is made in traditional cutlass style that looks like a leaf that curves up into the pommel. The handle is wooden and wrapped in Rexin. The pommel is peened with a full tang construction. The entire piece has a dark antique finish to simulate age and make it look like an authentic pirate replica. The scabbard is made from wood that has been also wrapped in rexin. A frog stud is provided on the steel locket of the chape. So whether you are pillaging or just need that special something to finish off a great costume this cutlass will do the trick.