British Pattern 1912 Cavalry Sword

  • World War I
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Pattern 1912 Cavalry Sword (1908 Version for Enlisted), was the last official "Fighting" blade issued in The British Army. It was heralded as one of the "finest Cavalry Blades" made. Similar to The US Army Model, like it - it was "Saddle" mounted and normally not carried around the waist. A thicker, yet narrower blade was designed to optimize thrust, with a "Spear-Tip" end to maximize penetration. Other innovations included a "Pistol Grip" Handle and semi-enclosed Basket Hilt (a departure from the traditional "Sinclair" Basket). The blade length was 35-inches and The Pattern 1912 was 4-pounds (very light for a Cavalry blade at the time). Although "Government" issued, many Officers commissioned privately manufactured versions which were much more elaborately embellished. The Pattern 1912 did receive complaints regarding it being Saddle mounted. Some stated that the cross draw while at the gallop or charge, was too difficult and unwieldy. Unfortunately, with the quick demise of Horse Cavalry as a result of World War I, this (as did other "Battle Swords", ceased to be used for other than Ceremonial purposes.