australian 1908 pattern cavalry sword

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Net Price: €160.15 196.99
Australian 1908 Pattern Cavalry Sword

Item History and Description (IUS151) –

The introduction of the 1908 Cavalry Sword the Victorian debate about whether a cavalry
sword should be a cutting or thrusting sword was effectively over and a near century of
‘’compromise’’ cut-and-thrust sword styles was ended in the British Empire. The model 1908 is
clearly a sword intended for thrusting and has been regarded by some experts as the best
cavalry sword ever created. It was used by the British, Canadian and Australian militaries. Not
all agree with this assertion however and the point may be moot, for the cavalry sword was
mere moments from obsolescence at this time.
A lightweight sword, the 1908 has a thick, stiffened T-shaped blade spine. It flexes just enough
to avoid breakage in a high-speed thrust, but it remains stiff enough to ensure that the blade
drives home. The tip is a ‘’spear-point’’ style - sharp on both ends and tapered to ease the blade
into an enemy with frightful ease. While the last third of the sword was sharpened on both
sides to allow for cutting, this is largely a token arrangement, as the sword would have been a
poor slashing and cutting blade at best.
When the 1908 Cavalry sword was presented to King Edward VII for the monarch’s approval, he
initially rejected it because he thought it was ‘’hideous’’ - he would eventually be persuaded of
the performance utility of the new sword. It would ultimately matter little, for the warfare of
WWI demanded radical changes to cavalry doctrine before making horse-mounted cavalry
entirely obsolete. Cavalrymen no longer did charges with blades drawn. Instead they fought as
rifle-armed mobile infantry, moving quickly into positions supported with horse-drawn machine
guns and artillery. The greatest proof of the forced doctrinal change was that the cavalry was
issued entrenching tools. In an era of entrenched machine guns and artillery and fields churned
with the tracks of smoke-belching tanks, the flashing steel charge of the cavalry was a bygone,
romantic notion.


Total length: 111,76 cm
Blade length: 89,41 cm
Weight with scabbard: 1.660 kg

This replica 1908 Pattern Cavalry Sword has an unsharpened blade of high carbon steel. The
blade has manufacture, inspection and issue markings that denote it a replica of a sword that
was issued in the Australian Cavalry. The guard and pommel are of steel and the grip is of hardmolded plastic to replicate the original ‘’Bakelite’’ grip which was made from an early plastic - it
has a raised diamond pattern for a grip. The scabbard is of steel.