Cold Steel 1796 Light Cavalry Saber
The use of cold steel 1796 light cavalry saber can be traced back in revolutionary and Napoleonic period. The saber was popular among the British royal horse guards and the dragoon guards especially during the waterloo and Salamanca wars as the success is attributed to use of the saber. However, the use of this sword spread to Sweden and Portuguese cavalry later. This is a backsword with a straight blade and a single cutting edge. As the sword got adopted by other dynasties and kingdoms, the users modified it to suit their needs and the change in fighting tactics. However the major features of the sword are retained by different users.
Historical development of the light cavalry saber
Cold steel 1796 light cavalry sword has its origin in British army, known by the name British 1796 heavy cavalry trooper’s sword. The weapon was designed by John Le Marchant who was a cavalry officer who got inspiration from Australian swords. He acquired the inspiration to make the saber between 1793 and 1795 during the Low Countries Campaign in which he came into contact with the Australian cavalry weapons. His design of the saber came later in 1796 as he faced opposition before then from the cavalry board members who did not agree to the idea of equipping the troops with swords. This sword continued to be produced without many modifications till 1821.
Features of cold steel 1796 light cavalry saber
Cold steel 1796 light cavalry saber has technically designed features that make its handling easy and execution of its roles in a fight successful with less effort from the user. Here are the distinct features of the saber;
- Blade– This saber has a straight single blade that gives the sword a backsword identity. The blade is fuller with a hatchet like end point. During sword modification, the hatchet point is worked on to assume different shape. The blade is long having a length of 88.9 cm that makes the sword long enough to provide a secure distance between the user and the opponent. The blade of the saber is sharp and thickened for the better part of its length, a feature that adds strength to the sword.
- Sheath– The sword is designed with an iron sheath that holds the saber when at rest. The sheath has 2 loosely suspended rings that allows for tying the sword around the waist while riding a horse. The sheath keeps the sword secure.
- Saber hilt- This saber has a hilt designed with a combination of a disc guard and a single knuckle bow. The disc guard has two semicircular holes and additional 6 oval shaped holes. In addition, the hilt has one knuckle bow that keeps the hand from slipping away and losing the sword during fighting.
- Langets– The sword has two projections each 2 inches long griping the throat of the scabbard. However, when carrying the sword while riding a horse, the langets were often removed from cold steel 1796 light cavalry saber, for a comfortable sword wear and for preservation of the cavalry officer’s uniform.