This impressive replica is a must have for the Civil War buff! The naval cutlass was a supremely effective weapon in the close quarter fighting that occurred aboard ships. This item is patterned after the model that came into service aboard U.S. Navy ships prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. This sword measures 31 1/2" in length and features a 25 1/2" blade constructed from high carbon steel. Additional features are a wire wrapped handle, an enlarged brass basket guard which afforded greater hand protection than previous models, and a leather wrapped sheath. This is a superb item you will be glad to have in your personal collection.