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Austro Hungarian Saber - Munitions Grade - USS111_M

Austro Hungarian Saber - Munitions Grade

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Overall Length: 39'' Blade: 33 1/8''
Retail Price:$321.95

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Blade: EN9 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 7.5 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 8''
Thickness: 7 mm - 4.1 mm
Width: 34.1 mm
Grip Length: 4 1/2''
Pommel: Peened

This ‘’Munitions Grade” sword is not up to our normal high standards. Munitions grade items will typically have various bends or twists in the blades making them poorly suited for sharpening and cutting, but are still a great choice for collecting and re-enacting.

Napoleon may have been won many battles with the cold calculation of artillery, but a general who won his victories with daring horse-and-sword Hussar cavalry was Andreas Graf Hadik of Austria. At the epitome of his career in 1757 he deftly plucked Berlin from Prussia with a hoof-pounding raid around Prussian armies to take Berlin. Hadik’s Hussar’s smashed the Berlin garrison regiments asunder with a daring charge through their center ranks. Deemed an impossible feat, Hadik’s gutsy move was a moment of great embarressment to Frederick the Great. In a world of weighted shot and calculated cannon this was a harkening to the chivalric panache of earlier warriors. This Austro-Hungarian saber is akin to the sword Hadik would have wielded.

The Hussars were a style of light cavalry inspired by the medieval cavalry of Hungary. Their bold, swift successes inspired later Enlightenment and Napoleonic armies to field regiments of cavalrymen who relied on speed, surprise and saber to rout their foes. They went so far as to copy not only the Hungarian sabers, but even the dress of Hungarian Hussars and their characteristic fearlessness and dash. Hadik, originally a Hussar himself, clearly inherited this ethos for surprise attacks and carried it all the way up to a generalship, giving him the opportunity to use the Hussar tactics for an entire army, not just a regiment.

This Officers Saber of the Austro-Hungarian Hussars is made with a tempered high-carbon steel blade that has been etched with a sun, moon, saber and slogan. The blade, engraved in the fuller with latin reads: ‘’Andreas comes Hadik Generalis Campi Marschallus Excelsi Consily Aulae Bellici Supremus Praeses’’ – It identifies itself as the sword of Hadik, a General of warfare. The hilt is in brass with a ribbed leather grip embellished with stars of brass. The wood-core scabbard is covered in leather and ornamented in brass with two brass rings. The sword was made by Universal Swords of India.

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