In 1917, the U.S. Navy decided to replace its Model 1860 Cutlass which had been in continuous service for 57 years with a new model.This modern recreation of the classic fighting sword is as authentic as possible. The 1917 Cutlass features the signature curved blade and a half basket guard that are stamped out of tempered high carbon steel, and both the blade and guard are blued to resist rusting. The handle is made from carefully shaped hardwood, painted brown and secured to the tang by three heavy brass cutler's rivets. The scabbard is made of high quality leather and features brass and copper fixtures. It can be worn comfortably at the side on a pistol belt without chafing its owner. Overall: 29-5/8" Blade: 25"