-- Cutlass
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Time Period: 16th-20th century
Location: Worldwide
Common Construction: Steel

The cutlass is a shorter, thicker version of the saber that is often associated with pirates. It usually has a large rounded handguard that extends down to the pommel protecting the fingers.

Although commonly thought of as a pirate's weapon, it became one of the favored swords of marines and sailors in many countries. The increased width of the blade made it more useful for cutting rope and its shorter length made it useful in the close quarters of a ship.

CE 16th Century, CE 17th Century, CE 18th Century, CE 19th Century, CE 20th Century, History, Sword, Weapon

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