This Italian Dueling Saber is an eminently swift and agile saber well suited for dueling and swordplay. Its hilt is quite protective of the hand and the easy balance and light weight give its wielder many possibilities. The blade is 1055 high carbon steel which is embellished with filigree etching on both sides. The bottom half of the blade is unsharpened and the top half has a sharpened edge.
The elaborately formed guard and grip plate are steel and the grip is imitation rayskin with inlaid bands of braided wire. The sword comes with a sheath of durable leather with a steel chape and locket. Two hanging rings complete the scabbard and these can be used to attach the sword to hangers to sling it from a sword belt.
Cold Steels Thompson Saber is a modern take on the saber and was designed by Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson as a performance saber for modern martial artists. In his own words regarding his new saber design, Lynn said: I wanted to make a battle sword. Not a dueling sword as such, but a true sword fighters blade for the modern martial artist…Its ground to my exact specifications; as it slightly favors the cut over the thrust, its hair shaving sharp for the first six inches from the point, then gradually less sharp down through the rest of the blade, leaving enough material to block, parry and even bludgeon an opponents blade. Its deeply blued to aid in rust resistance, but also to make the blade harder to see in the fast-paced cut and thrust of combat!
The blade of the Thompson Saber is forged from 1055 high carbon steel; Lynn chose to mount it into blued steel hilt which is a modified version of the 1904 Saber guard for excellent overall protection and its wooden grip was made large enough to accommodate modern fencers gloves – a blackened rayskin cover on the grip with inlaid braided wire gives it admirable grip traction.
The sword comes with a durable leather scabbard capped with a blackened steel protective grip; included is a leather frog with a swivel-mounted belt loop.