Cold Steel Civilian Saber
The solution was to scale the military saber down to about the size and weight of a small sword and replace the hilt with a spring loaded folding mechanism equipped with a single knuckle bow.
This modification allowed the newly created civilian saber to avoid snags and be worn much closer to the body on the lighter belts and baldrics favored for civilian and military dress attire. It turned out to be a very effective sword as well. Worn as a sign of authority, it shortly became a common military dress accessory, even to this day.
Now Cold Steel would like to offer you our interpretation of the civilian or military dress saber. The particularly striking hilt features a highly detailed British lion motif and comes complete with a matching folding guard that locks to the scabbard. For contrast, the grip is made of rich black leather and bound in highly polished brass wire. Complementing the hilt is an equally rich yet sturdy scabbard. Made of thick black leather and heavily reinforced with a polished brass chape, throat and hanging rings, it's elegant enough for the most formal occasions yet stout enough to endure hard wear and last for generations.
But you've got to draw the blade from the scabbard to fully appreciate the genius of our Civilian Saber, as it's just as much a sword as a showpiece. Hand forged out of 1050 high carbon steel with a hard spring temper, it sports a narrow, 30" slightly curved blade that widens out toward the tip. It also features an extra thick spine with a unique pipe like cross section running the full length of the blade and terminating a reinforced point. Light enough to be fenced from the fingers and wrist like a small sword; it can outmaneuver heavier blades, remaining constantly ready to deliver a telling blow or lightning quick thrust.