While we heartily approve of our Armed Forces wearing dress swords and sabers, Cold Steel® thought it was a shame that only unsharpened, poorly tempered wall hangers made of weak stainless steel are all that's available. That's why they decided to make their own truly battle worthy reproductions. They're faithful in every detail to government specifications; they offer highly polished blades, appropriate etching and quality hilts and scabbards. The only real changes they've made are to drastically improve their performance as weapons by forging them from 1055 Carbon Steel and properly heat treating them to a tough spring temper before sharpening. In the case of the Marine Corps Officer's Saber, Cold Steel® changed the hilt to solid mirror polished brass (not easily worn gold plate) and improved the attachment of the tang to the hilt so it could better withstand the rigors of sword to sword combat.
·1055 carbon steel blade with etching
·Solid brass hilt
·Ivory composition handle scales
·Steel scabbard with brass fittings
·Made in China