Unlike the 1832 Short Sword, The Ames Artillery Sword resembled a Saber. Curved and single-edged, The Ames had a much smaller blade width. It was around 32-inches long and featured the typical “D”-Hand Guard. The major problem with the Ames Sword was mobility for Artillerymen. The blade (in it's scabbard) was constantly in the way. Many Artillery men simply refused to carry it (using only for “Parade” or Ceremonial use).