1860 US Heavy Cavalry Saber (88HCS)
At the outbreak of the American Civil War,
there were two types of sabers 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 sabers, 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
Sabers, we decided to make our own reproduction with a few improvements. Our
blade is made from 1050 high carbon steel with a hard spring temper and will
pass the British Proof Test.
Overall: 41 1/2"
Steel: 1050 High Carbon
From Cold Steel
List Price - $400
Our Price - $270