The Cavalry sabre is a curved, slashing sword. It was the Close-Range weapon of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The cavalry sabre had a deeply curved, single-edged blade with a deep fuller and a clip point. The handle is hook-shaped with an S-guard. According to the show it was a modified version of an Egyptian tribal sword. The tested saber had a 44 inch (112 cm) long blade.
- Length: 44 inches
- Weight: 2.5 lbs
The calvary sabre was used primarily for slashing, particularly (as its name suggests) from horseback, although it could also be used for thrusting. The sabre used on the show was based upon the sword carried by Napoleon at the Battle of Marengo. Sabers have been used for centuries, but the 1800s design has been based on the many past designs of this weapon. Although metallurgy of sabers decreased as warriors wore less and less armor and mass production in factories produced cheaper steel, sabers were still effective on the battlefield. Calvary and the calvary saber lost popularity after World War I when machineguns, trench warfare and tanks made calvary obsolete. Today, sabers are used for military ceremonies, but these swords aren't designed to kill, instead more of a decorative trophy.