I've been thinking about getting a repro sabre and see that Cold Steel has two, a Napoleon version and an 1840-1860 version. Would either of these sabres be ok for US or Confederate reenacting or are they too inaccurate? I handled their 1860 model a friend bought awhile back and it seemed well made. I see them new on ebay for a little over $200. I had a very nice origional 1840 Ames in the seventys and let it slip through my fingers when money got tight.
Thanks Dave, yeah, I'll be heading to Gettysburg next week and I thought I might check out some of the shops there that deal in origional weapons just to get a feel for what I might be looking for. I imagine there won't be too many bargins there but I'd like to take a look at some anyway, I like roaming the park this time of year.
Post by AndyGerman on Dec 13, 2010 20:36:36 GMT -5
I agree with Dave that, unfortunately, repro sabres don't make it. I found a decent original import Model 1840 on eBay that has become my regular sabre. I got the 1840 because that was the more common model in the 1st Maine. Check your unit's history to see what was issued. If it was the Model 1860, there are lots of them out there, but the price is a bit steep. I would not carry a war-dated American-made sabre in the field, but unmarked sabres of the period are far better than repros.