Rob Costall Cutlass
If you can see yourself in the shoes of famous pirates like William Fly, Williman Kidd or the famous French buccaneer Francois l’Olonnais, then you need one of these on your belt or on your wall. Hacking away at bothersome intruders (plants) in your garden or house!
The Cutlass is a sword famous for being used by pirates
It has even been said that the cutlass has been invented by the carribbean buccaneers. In the English-speaking Caribbean, the word “cutlass” is still used as an alternative name for a machete. In fact the Cutlass saw much use as an agricultural tool, used to clear rain forests and cut down sugarcane in the Caribbean and Central America.
A Cutlass is a short sword made for slashing. Usually it has a slightly curved blade. It has a cupped solid or basket shaped guard. It was the sword of choice on the open seas, in the early Age of Sail.
The Cutlass got its name from an early English variation on the French word “coutelas”. “Coutelas” was a 16th century French word for a machete-like blade. The modern French word for “knife” is very similar to “coutelas”, being “couteau”. The French word is itself derived from the Italian “coltellaccio” or “cortelazzo”, which means “large knife”.
To this day the Cutlass forms part of ceremonial wear in the US Navy and also the Royal Navy.
Find out more about the history and use of the Cutlass here.
It would not be a proper Andre Erasmus, if you did not get a chance to make the knife uniquely yours, by choosing different colours of anodizing, different scales or even a Damascus blade for those of us who simply MUST have Damascus on everything!
The Cutless is a hand-forged blade of 5160 alloy steel. Alloy Steel 5160 is a high carbon and chromium spring steel.
It offers users outstanding toughness, a high level of ductility, and excellent fatigue resistance. Alloy Steel 5160 is in use in the automotive field in a number of different heavy spring applications, especially for leaf springs.
The sword blade is 700cm in length. The cutlass has a total length of 860cm when you include the handle.
It is hardened and tempered to create a flexible and functional blade.
Then it is belt sanded to 320 grit; hand-sanded to 600 grit, and finally buffed to create a smooth durable finish.
The edge is convex ground to ensure a sharp and durable edge ideal for chopping and slashing.
The guard is hand forged from mild steel and has a threaded and then peened pommel nut to ensure the guard and handle stay secure.
The handle is made from one piece of eucalyptus wood with leather spacers.
Finally, the handle is leather-wrapped for comfort.