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Napoleonic French Imperial Guard Briquet - WES1062

Napoleonic French Imperial Guard Briquet
 

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Overall Length: 39'' Blade: 27 5/8''
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Blade: 1095 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 14.8 oz
Edge:  Unsharpened
P.O.B.: 6 3/4''
Thickness: 7.5 mm - 3.5 mm
Width: 38.6 mm
Grip Length: 3 1/2''
Pommel: Peened
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The Imperial Guard infantry Briquet from Weapon Edge swords has a tempered blade of 1095 high carbon steel; the blade replicates the inspection marks and the signature of the famed Klingenthal manufactory on the base of its spine - markings that were replicated from the original that this replica faithfully reproduces. The hilt is brass and it is matched with a grip wrapped in black leather and fitted with inlaid twisted brass wire.

The sword comes with a scabbard of black leather fitted with a brass scabbard throat and chape.

A distinct flair of Napoleon’s Grande Armée was the short ‘’Briquet’’ sabers of the elite infantry. The Grenadiers had the common all-brass hilt Briquet, but the example shown here is of the Briquet saber used by the elite Imperial Guard - is a longer-bladed weapon with a finer grip.

The standard Grenadier all-brass hilted Briquet was not a useful battlefield weapon on a field with foes with long bayonets and long-bladed cavalry sabers and it was typically employed in various camp duties. The name ‘’Briquet’’ as a term for a fire-starter may be associated with these simple Grenadier sabers because of their utility in splitting small wood for campfires. Whether by intent or not, it was a weapon that was largely a symbol to give the Grenadiers more status.

This Imperial Guard Briquet however, has a notably longer blade and fares much better as a infantry fighting weapon - a definitive upgrade for the Imperial Guardsman.


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