1860 Heavy Cavalry Sabre & Steel Scabbard

Availability: Item currently out of stock, but can be back-ordered for our next delivery.
Brand: Cold Steel

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, there were two types of sabres issued to the Federal Cavalry: “light” and “heavy”. The light version was popular, but the heavy model, dubbed the “Old Wrist Breaker” was the one worth owning, as it was a superior weapon. Its 36" blade offered big reach advantages over most sabres, and its substantial weight gave it the leverage to easily crush bones and sever limbs or even a head with a single blow. The brass guard had three bars to protect the hand and the grip was wire bound leather and capped with a sturdy pommel. In its double ringed, steel scabbard, it could be easily attached to a saddle or to a belt.

After examining and handling a number of original 1860 Heavy Cavalry Sabres, we decided to make our own reproduction with a few improvements. Our blade is made from 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper and will pass the British Proof Test.


Weight 42.9oz 1.22kg
Blade Thickness 0.33" 8.4mm
Blade Length 36" 91.4cm
Handle 5½" 14.0cm
Steel 1055 Carbon
Overall 41½" 1.05m
Scabbard Steel
Country of Origin India 

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