Category: saber

British Pattern 1896 Cavalry Officer’s Sword

Blade 34½", by Hamburger Rogers & Co, King St, Covent Garden, London WC, etched on both sides with crowned interlaced VR cypher, in scrolled, fenestrated panels, pierced, scroll pattern, half basket guard, cross hatched pommel and thumbpiece to backstrap, wirebound fishskin grip, 21st Lancers gilt sword knot with French grey stripe, in its steel scabbard with 2 rings.


From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

A little assemblage of Indian weapons that could have been used in the war of 1857-8, including an HEIC percussion musket as used by many Indian sepoys, two hide dhal (shields) and a basket hilted firanghi sword (probably circa 1800 in origin, but they were still shown in use in the 1850s).

Indian Army Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, late 19th Century to Early 20th Century

Made in Britain by Mole of Birmingham, overall length: 92 cm, blade length: 79 cm. This pattern was used by Indian cavalry regiments throughout the second half of the 19th century and into World War One. This one likely dates to the 1890s or later.


Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword for a British Officer in India

An unusual 1821 pattern Indian light cavalry sword, with silver koftghari decorated guard, the deeply curved 80 cm blade by Garden, single wide fuller, perhaps a trooper’s blade the back edge being struck ‘Garden’ but not numbered and completely undecorated, regulation three-bar guard the inside and outside decorated overall with a repeat floral pattern in fine silver koftghari inside the guard near the slot for the sword-knot can found a BUDH or ‘magic square’ plain domed pommel with elongated tang-button, plain eared back-strap, ribbed hardwood grip.

Garden, Army Accoutrement Makers & Sword-Cutlers. Between 1862 and 1877 the gunmaking side of the business was carried on under the name of Garden, Robert Spring, and the accoutrement side under that of Garden & Son, they were located at 200 Piccadilly, circa 1824-1891.

British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword, c.1800

The curved blade is etched with the crowned Royal cypher, Royal arms and name J.J. Runkel Solinger to top edge, the gilt metal stirrup hilt incorporating backstrap and pommel formed as a maned lionhead, with a chequered ivory grip, in its original leather scabbard.

British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword

By Hamburger Rogers and Company, pierced decorated guard, wired shagreen grip, with curved engraved blade, length 87cm overall length 102.5cm, steel scabbard.

Why the Ottoman Pala is the Ultimate Slashing Sword

Today we’re going to be looking at a variant of the venerable ottoman kilij. this is a turkish pala, from around 1780. The pala was a specific subclass of kilij, and is an infantry weapon designed for performing draw cuts. 

This video is an updated version of my 2017 video, with a few corrections and expansions as well as better video and image quality. 

This example features a blade made out of turkish ribbon twist steel, a style of multi bar pattern welding renowned for its technical difficulty and attractive starburst patterning. It features a scarf welded iron tang.

The crossguard is made of a copper alloy, and features langets extending down towards the hilt, and into the blade. These help secure it in its scabbard. The grip is made of horn. 

The history of the turkish sabre, or kilij, extends back into the 15th century, when the distinctive yalmani style of kilij formed. The term Yelman refers to the flared tip and false edge seen on these swords. Earlier examples would have a sharpened false edge, but this one does not. 

One very unique feature to this infantry pala is the T shaped spine. This spine shape provides stiffness and allows for an extremely fine edge geometry. It does, however, prevent you from cutting “normally” with a large majority of the blade, as the spine causes resistance in a chop. This forces you to perform draw cuts with this blade, or to cut with the distal portion, known as the foible.

The blade also features a unique curvature, being straight in the forte, before having a slight recurve and a strong secondary curve, before transitioning into the foible. 

The foible of this blade is very thin, being 1.5mm at it’s thickest, and relatively broad. This makes it rather flexible, and also makes it less efficient at thrusting.

This example weighs 673 grams, and is 79cm overall with a 66cm long blade. It balances around 17cm from the guard, and feels very light and maneuverable.

This is owing to the light weight, and the curved blade which makes edge alignment feel more natural. 

This is a very formidable and functional sword. The acute edge is well suited to slicing through textiles, and the light weight and maneuverability make it fast to swing and recover with. Despite being such a functional weapon, the blade is still truly beautiful, featuring a bold and tight pattern.

British Police Cutlass, Mid-19th Century

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