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A cutlass is a type of sword that came into it's full development in the 17th century.

It is generally shorter than other similar swords like the saber.

There are lots of variations but typically it is a single edged sword with only one side being sharpened and a basket hilt to cover the hand of the wielder.

We often associate the cutlass with pirates and there is truth in that. The cutlass often used by pirates and sailors because it was durable enough for general purpose use like cutting ropes and wood. Yet it still was useful as a weapon and means of intimidation. And being a smaller type of sword it was also more useful in closed quarters or on ships.

They tend to be broad, short and robust.

Having one side unsharpened also made it useful as a bludgeon.


A cutlass

Cold Steel Cutlass Machete


  • Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Handle: 6" Long. Polypropylene
  • Overall Length: 30"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel with Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex
  • Blade Thick: 2.8 mm
  • Blade Length: 24"
  • Handle Length: 6"


A cutlass

Cold Steel 1917 Cutlass Handle with Leather Scabbard

  • Imported
  • 25" curved blade
  • Handle: 4 5/8" Hardwood
  • Overall Length: 29 5/8"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard with Brass and Copper Fittings



A cutlass

Ace martial Arts Supply Regal Pirate Cutlass

  • Overall length: 27" blade length: 19.5" handle length: 7.5'
  • Handle material : black finished steel w/cord wrap
  • Constructed from 440 stainless steel with sharp "Saw back" dual blade



A cutlass

Make a Pirate Cutlass

This is a fun sword project that also has a secret treasure chest compartment where you can store your pirate treasure. I give you the template which makes it very easy for you to make. Make a Pirate Cutlass


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