In 1917, the U.S. Navy decided to replace its Model 1860 cutlass which had been in continuous service for 57 years, with a new model copied from the M1912 Dutch Army klewang (which was a "modernized" version of the Indonesian klewang, a weapon that at the time was quite effectively being used to kill a lot of Dutchmen. This is all fascinating stuff ...)
This modern recreation of the classic fighting sword is an exact copy of an original. It features a blued 1050 high carbon steel blade, and a half basket guard stamped out of heavy 18-gauge carbon steel that has been blued to match the blade. The grips are fashioned from carefully shaped hardwood and is secured to the full tang by three heavy brass cutler's rivets. The scabbard is also an accurate reproduction of the original and is high quality leather with brass and copper fixtures. Thanks to it's innovative swiveling frog, the M1917 can be worn quite comfortably.
overall length: 29 5/8"
blade length: 25"
blade thickness: 1/5"
grip: 4 5/8"
steel: 1050 high carbon spring steel
sheath: leather with brass and copper fittings
weight: 2 lb 2 oz