how sharp

Discussion in 'Weapons' started by mai tai, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. mai tai

    mai tai Valued Member

    Hi I recently got a Russian calvery sword...and a family heirloom Cossack sword...both are dull as an economics seminar....historically how sharp should the be
  2. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

  3. Botta Dritta

    Botta Dritta Valued Member

    Depends on the sword. Its always needs to be sharp, but historically heavy cavalry swords sharpened the point and perhaps the first third but little else to maintain better fortitude for counter blows and not to accidentally nick fellow cavalryman if you were in close formation. If its a Cossack sword I suspect it would be a curved light calvary sword and would be razor sharp along much of the blade as they fought in a more dispersed formation and used harrying skirmish tactics. These are tendancies though, not set rules. It also depended if he was cavalry, infantry or even in charge of artillery who also used swords in a different manner.
  4. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

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  5. Hannibal

    Hannibal Cry HAVOC and let slip the Dogs of War!!! Supporter

  6. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool Spes mea in nihil Deus MAP 2017 Moi Award

    If its an heirloom, you might not want to sharpen it yourself.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  7. rabid_wombat

    rabid_wombat Valued Member

    Might want to make sure what they are made of as well, just to be on the safe side.
  8. Langenschwert

    Langenschwert Molon Labe

    I know nothing about sabres and the like. However, I just want to express my jealousy over your heirloom. Care to post some pics of the pieces in question? Just because uh, pics or it didn't happen. And I'm sabre-curious. ;)
  9. mai tai

    mai tai Valued Member

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    It also came with this bayonette that supposedly fits a mosin nagant ....i may be forced to buy a mosin....however I'm afraid that might tip off a chain reaction of weapon purchases

    I'm also a bit mad at you....that you are not saber knowledgeable.....i remember that your sword posts were super informative.
  10. mai tai

    mai tai Valued Member

    Hanable the links you posted just come up as a black screen to phone might be to dumb to process them

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