French Boarding Sabre

  • Ship
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seen around the late 18th and early 19th Century, The French Boarding Sabre was a standard issue item to The sailors of French Naval warships. Unlike a standard Cutlass Sword, this blade was not as broad or flattened as The Cutlass. Slightly straighter, the blade was single-edged and ranged from 28 to 35 inches in length. The Grip and Hand Guard was typically burnished or painted black as a form of anti-rusting device (to combat sea water exposure). Of note, the Hand Guard of The French Boarding Sabre was designed to “dip” outward (to allow better control of the blade when swung). A roughly 5 to 8 pounds, The Boarding Sabre was heavy for it's intended task (to repel a ship's attacker's or to initiate a similar attack on one's enemy). The Boarding Saber would eventually cease to be used with the advent of more reliable firearms and cannon (which made Boarding a somewhat obsolete tactic).