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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: May 9th, 2020, 9:59 pm
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Good afternoon.
During the Second Punic War, the romans found in the Iberian Peninsula deadly weapons, made by very skilled craftsmen with an excellent iron ore (the phoenicians called to the peninsula Isanya, or "the land of the metals"). The celtiberians were a substantial part of Hannibal´s mercenary army and they usually fought in close ranks formations.
A stabbing and cutting blade specially impressed the romans:
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Called "gladius hispaniensis", it was the basis of the posterior roman gladius. The type depicted here is called "Antennae type", for the twin protuberances at the pommel that allowed a better grip. The steel blade was riveted by the shoulders to the hilt, which was completely of iron.

Another famed iberian blade was the falcata:
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A sword derived from the greek kopis (the term "falcata" was coined as recently as the second half of XIX century), was an outstanding cutter, able to tore out limbs and heads with ease. The steel blade had a hilt made of bronze and riveted ivory. Cheers.


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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: May 17th, 2020, 8:19 am
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: May 17th, 2020, 6:00 pm
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Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: May 24th, 2020, 3:49 pm
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: August 14th, 2020, 2:31 pm
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More blades!
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: August 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: August 14th, 2020, 6:57 pm
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these bayonets are very attractive in their 3Dness, good job

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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: August 27th, 2020, 1:13 am
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Thanks, B and Char!
Some cavalry blades of the late XIX-early XX centuries:
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British Pattern 1908 Cavalry Sword. After many decades of debate (and some sound duels) the issue between cut and thrust finally favored the later. The last british cavalry sword was a blade designed exclusively for giving the point: A long, heavy, rigid bar with a stiff point, almost a "hand lance" (in fact, with a full extended arm, the Pattern 1908 had a longer reach than a lance). A masive bowl guard protected very well the hand and half of the face of the charging trooper.

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Modelo 1895. It was the Spanish sabre of the last Cuban Independence War, the Philippine insurrection, and the Spanish-American War. It was a compromise between a purely thrust sword like the heavy cavalry one, and a cutter like the sabre of the light cavalry. But as any compromise, it was not a superb blade in any of the roles. This sabre was intended as the standard blade for all the mounted squadrons, either light, heavy cavalry and mounted artillery.

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Espada Sable Puerto Seguro: The last Spanish cavalry sabre was also a blade optimized for the thrust. A stiff fullered blade with a good spear point, but unlike the british and american swords, also had a cutting edge, being able to made discrete cuts. It was the sword used in the brave charges of the cavalry regiment Alcantara (which was almost annihilated) covering the retreat of the Spanish army during the severe rout at Annual in Northen Morocco in 1921. In a crucial stage of the Spanish Civil War, the spring offensives of 1938 that divided in two the republican territory, this sword was used in the last charges of the Spanish Cavalry in the battle of Alfambra.

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With the Sabre Model 1904, the Austro-Hungarian Empire gave a twist in the swords optimized for giving the point. Instead a sharpened bar, they reinforced the blade with a pipe back well until the tip for increased rigidity, and a substantial fuller, making it a good thruster. But the sharp edge also and gently curve also made Model 1904 an able cutter, limited of course by the geometry of the pipe back. The hand was protected by an asymmetrical and perforated bowl guard which allowed an excellent protection without adding too much weight. It was a handy, well balanced and well made weapon, and was the last edged arm used by the cavalry of the Habsburgs.

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The poles took a different path for their last service blade: Instead using a sword for thrusting, they remained with the well tried cutting sabre. Model wz 34 was good made weapon done at the Huta Ludwików ironworks, a very good cutter, controlable, well balanced and swift in the hand, and it was the sabre used by the brave polish cavalry against the germans in September 1939 (but not charging against tanks! That is a myth. The few cavalry charges were generally successful and were against infantry and rear echelon troops). After the war it remainded as ceremonial sword, and as late as 2002, the szabla wz. 1934/2002 (a blade almost identical to the pre-war wz. 1934) was selected as the sabre of the Polish Army's cavalry honor guard squadron. Cheers.


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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: August 28th, 2020, 10:11 am
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Post subject: Re: Swordbucket (2.0)Posted: September 4th, 2020, 3:39 am
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Good evening, gentlemen!

A trio of mid XIX swords:

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The french Sabre Modele 1854 was the direct heir of the sabres used by the Napoleonic cuirassiers and carabineers. A long and heavy double fullered sword optimized for thrusting, but able to cut thanks more to the mass than to the geometry of the blade. A big sword for big troopers over big horses! This was the sword used by the French heavy cavalry at Crimea, Magenta and Soferino, Mexico and the war against Prussia in 1870.

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The sabre of the Light Brigade charge! When the British Army decided that a single type of sword will be used to equip both the heavy and light cavalry, this was the sabre used, Pattern 1853. A well made blade with utilitarian appearance, it was a compromise between a cutting and a thrusting sword, and as any compromise it was not an exceptional weapon in any of these functions. It had a gently curved fullered blade with a spear point. All the subsecuent British sabres were modeled after Pattern 1853, until Pattern 1908, which speaks well of a sound and successful design.

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US Model 1840, or "old wirstbreaker". Derived of a French sabre, it was the standard blade for the American cavalry during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. It was a blade optimized for cutting, and could give good slashes, and was the replacement of the defective Model 1833 Dragoon Sabre. This saber was replaced during the Civil war by the light cavalry saber Model 1860. Cheers.


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