Silver Cutlass Sword

181.82 €
The Silver Cutlass Sword is a unique piece that will transport you to medieval times. Its design and characteristics make it a true gem for lovers of history and culture. This sword was used to pierce chain mail, demonstrating its power and endurance. Its name, Alfanje, comes from the Hispanic Arabic al-janyar, which means dagger, and refers to its wide,...

Gold Cutlass Sword, decorative

200.00 €
The Gold Cutlass Sword is a decorative piece that will transport you to medieval times. With its wide, curved blade, this sword is perfect for cutting through chain mail and recreating epic battles. Its design is inspired by the Moorish cutlasses, swords that were used in the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Made in Toledo,...
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The cutlass is a saber of Iberian-Hispanic origin with a wide, curved blade. Its name comes from the word "al-janyar" which in Spanish Arabic means dagger. Its origins are varied since it resembles the typical pirate sabers and European falchion.

Characteristics of the Cutlass

The cutlass appears as a saber with a curved, wide, single-edged blade. It is a light saber that can be manufactured in various sizes: short cutlasses (approximately 70 cm) and long cutlasses (approximately 100 cm). All parts of these sabers are usually made of metal (pommel, hilt, guard, hawks and handguards), but depending on the model, the handle may be made of leather.

The cutlass may have a handguard that serves to protect the fingers and in the present case of hawks the protection would extend to the entire hand. Its curved blade has a very sharp edge and can have a constant width from the base to the tip or it can widen in the last third of the blade. In Arab cutlasses, the handle part, like the two sides of the blade, usually have the typical floral engravings in the Arab style. European cutlasses have a simpler style and may resemble boarding sabers.

Origin of the Cutlass

According to the knowledge we have, the cutlass is a saber of Arab and Hispanic origin, born in the medieval period and exported in Italy. The Italian seafaring republics used it as a boarding saber or sailor's saber. These ship voyages of the time not only brought spices and new materials from the new worlds, but they also brought new methods of production of weapons.

Many experts consider it as a saber that has encompassed the best characteristics of different Arab and Turkish weapons, which is why there are many different styles of cutlass. The cutlass is said to be the predecessor of these famous sabers:

  • German Messer
  • english falchion
  • French Fauchar
  • Italian boarding saber
  • Persian Shamshir
  • Hispanic falchion
  • chinese dao

The cutlass is presented as a very attractive sword due to its particular engravings and its shape. We must not forget that it has been one of the most lethal weapons in the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It is surely a collector's item and that is why we offer you some models that you can find in our catalog. If you need any advice, feel free to contact us.

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Curious Questions about the Cutlass

1. What is the etymological origin of the word "alfanje"?
The word "cutlass" comes from the Hispanic Arabic "al-janyar", which means dagger.

2. Which Italian seafaring republics used the cutlass as a weapon?
The Italian seafaring republics used it as a boarding saber or sailor's saber.

3. What are some of the sabers that are considered predecessors of the cutlass?
Among the sabers that are considered predecessors of the cutlass are the German Messer, the English Falchion and the Hispanic Falchion, among others.

4. What distinctive characteristics does a cutlass blade have?
The blade of a cutlass is curved, wide and single-edged, with a very sharp edge.

5. In what era and historical context did the cutlass originate?
The cutlass originated in the medieval period, in the Iberian Peninsula, during the Muslim conquest.

6. What varieties of cutlass can be found today?
Today, you can find short and long cutlasses, as well as different styles, including Arab and European.

7. What is the historical importance of the cutlass in the Iberian Peninsula?
The cutlass was one of the most lethal weapons during the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, playing a significant role in the history of the region.

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