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In addition to online sources, several good illustrations of brass-hilt cutlasses, which were typically more ornate than iron-hilted, can be found in William Gilkerson’s Boarders Away, With Steel (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray, 1991). In other words, it is unknown how accurate the physical representations the buccaneers are, nor how accurate their arms and accoutrements. Amsterdam: Jan ten Hoorn, 1678. The hilt shown above may be that of a hanger or cutlass, or other cutting or cut-and-thrust sword such as a broadsword or backsword. Attempts at restraining from fighting with short cutting swords–hangers, cutlasses, or falchions–from the series “Scenes of War” by Hans Ulrich Franck, 1656. There are no shells. However, the greater the curve the less suitable for thrusting a sword is. Scimitar. Note that it too lacks a knuckle bow. Although the fusil boucanier –the long-barreled “buccaneer gun” of which more blog posts are forthcoming–was the primary weapon of the buccaneer and flibustier, the cutlass was an invariable part of their armament, which also included one or two pistols and a cartouche box (sometimes two) that often held as many as thirty cartridges each. Of a fight between English slavers and Africans on the Guinea Coast in 1726, William Smith wrote: “[F]or they press’d so upon us that we were Knee deep in the Water, and one of them full of Revenge, and regardless of his Life, got out into the Water behind me, resolving to cleave my Skull with a Turkish Scimitar, which Ridley perceiving, leap’d out of the Canoe, and just came time enough to give him a BackStroke, which took the Fellow’s Wrist as Was coining down upon my Head, and cut his Hand off almost. Corsair Scimitar RGB Elite Optical MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse (Renewed) BladesUSA 1606PP Martial Arts Training Broad Sword, Polypropylene, Black, 34-1/2-Inch Length. But a little history first before I translate the captions. In the image above we have more detail of the hilt. Pirate Swords for sale are available in a variety of designs. (It may also be pushed away, in the 18th century this was known as a “sawing” cut.) Early to mid-17th century. In regard to the myth that ‘hanger’ was the sole term used to refer to the common cutting sword at sea–to the cutlass, in other words–in the 17th century, and that ‘cutlass’ was only an eighteenth century term, I’ve excerpted the following from a Mariner’s Mirror article I wrote a few years ago (“Eyewitness Images of Buccaneers and Their Vessels,” vol. There is no thumb ring or shell on the inside. The inner shell is turned back slightly, the outer in slightly. A few examples are shown below. Ideally, for a cutting blade to cut properly, a “draw” or drawing action must be made if the blade is straight or mostly straight. In Cornuau’s allegorical image above, perhaps of France as Neptune or Mars, the swordsman wields a cutlass of indeterminate shell construction (possibly a simple flat disk, as in the case of some 17th and 18th century hangers and cutlasses, see image below, or a crudely drawn double shell hilt), a cap pommel, and mildly curved blade with a sharp, non-clip point and a single fuller along the back of the blade. This short, curved sword is favored by seafarers for close-quarters combat. Of the late seventeenth century cutlass identified as French, Michel Petard in his excellent Le Sabre d’Abordage describes only one form, shown below. A few notes on the design and use of the cutlass are in order. I am going to devote only a few words to the popular misconception that a heavily-curved sword, such as a scimitar, can be used to thrust effectively. A thumb ring may be present or absent in the case of two shells. I am a bit leery of this report, however. Note that the image has been flipped (mirrored) in order to align it with the one above. 17th century, Rijksmuseum. There are records of “swords and hangers” and “swords and cutlasses” circa 1660 to 1700 among shipboard armaments, suggesting that at least some swords weren’t cutlasses. Grip material varies as with the Dutch cutlass first described, although wood and bone are the most common materials. Both William Gilkerson in Boarders Away, With Steel (Lincoln, RI: Andrew Mowbray, 1991) and Michel Petard in Le Sabre d’Abordage (Nantes: Editions du Canonnier, 2006) include a fair number of illustrations of common iron-hilted 17th and early 18th century cutlasses. Late seventeenth century French privateer captain Duguay-Trouin hired a fencing prévôt (assistant to a fencing master) to help school his crew in swordplay (and later found himself in a rencontre, swords drawn, with the man in the street), and mid-eighteenth century English privateer captain “Commodore” Walker had training sessions aboard his ship, the officers practicing with foils, the seamen with singlesticks. Notably, these are eyewitness illustrations! Look forward to checking out your web page for a second time. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Circa 1660 to 1690. The main difference between Cutlass and Scimitar is that the Cutlass is a Short, broad sword and Scimitar is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade. In other words, try this at your peril in the 17th century. “The English 1684 Malthus edition of Exquemelin’s The Buccaneers of America refers only to ‘cutlace’ or, more generically, sword as the buccaneer’s arme blanche. (Harvey J. Withers: The Sword in Britain.). However, given how low it hangs and the angle at which it hangs, it is probably a cutlass or hanger. “Francisco Lolonois”–Jean David Nau aka L’Ollonois or L’Ollonais–depicted in the first Spanish edition of Exquemelin work: Piratas de la America, translated by Alonso de Buena-Maison. However, it is impossible to maintain proficiency in arms without practice, thus it is likely that pirates practiced swordplay. In fact, even when holding the pistol by the grip a parry can be made, and also a forehand blow with the barrel. Assuming the player never kills a Pirate Captain or Flying Dutchman, the odds of getting at least one Cutlass over the course of a Pirate Invasionare about 45%. Although it’s unlikely that duels were regularly, or even occasionally, fought aboard ships, for reasons and evidence discussed in The Golden Age of Piracy, it doesn’t mean there weren’t occasional affrays with swords aboard ship. Allegorical image by Paul Cornuau from his chart, Plan de la Petite-Rivière de Léogane, 1685. Hanger and cutlass (also cutlash, cutlace) are each found in English language maritime texts of the mid to late seventeenth century. Rijksmuseum. Typically he included local figures flanking his cartouches, and most of these figures are flibustiers and boucaniers. Length: Overall 35” Blade 27 ¾” Handle 6”. Much of what we think we know is based on conjecture, and this conjecture is based on what little we know about cutlasses and hangers of the late 17th century. Its pommel may also be of some sort of beast or bird, although we cannot be certain, and there is no knuckle bow. British Museum. Again, though, differently sized shells, especially if the difference is significant, will unbalance the weapon, making a thumb ring useful for gripping well and preventing the edge from turning and thereby not cutting. However, the diagonal cuts from high outside to low inside, and high inside to low outside, have a natural “drawing” motion as the arm is brought toward the body. Cutlass. The heavily-curved blade would make cutting, not thrusting, its primary purpose. That of Montague may be a smallsword instead. But typically the fort is used for parrying, which is seldom sharp, and even if it is, is seldom used for cutting. (Archives Nationale d’Outre-Mer.). Cutting swords–hangers and cutlasses–with simple shell hilts from Harold Peterson’s Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783, page 81. From the trade card of Nicholas Croucher, sword cutler, probably 1690s. Labat, describing the early flibustiers, notes each having a well-tempered coutelas among their arms. The buttons are textured in a way to improve the grip and feel. In fact, there are plenty of historical accounts of swordsmen proudly noting their “saw-toothed” blades as proof of just how desperate the combat was. Invariably either an upper and lower quillon exist, or an upper quillon and knuckle bow. They originated in the Middle East. . A…, With news that Disney is planning a new standalone pirate film starring a female pirate, it’s time review what has become a pirate trope: the…, “Nous avions autre chose à faire durant la mortelle épreuve que de croiser le fer ‘pour rire. In particular, a straight-bladed cutlass or other sword requires a drawing action in order to cut well. [1] The 1684 Crooke and 1699 Newborough editions of Exquemelin refer to both hanger and cutlass, and use the terms interchangeably in reference to the sword of the notorious buccaneer Jean David Nau, better known as l’Ollonais. ), The earliest Caribbean reference to cutlasses I’ve found to date is in “The Voyages of Captain William Jackson (1642-1645),” a first-hand account describing Jackson’s most famous plundering voyage from one end of the Caribbean to the other: “The Armes delivered out to each company were, Muskitts, Carbines, Fire-locks, Halfe-pikes, Swords, Cutlases, & ye like offentius weapons…” Notably the term “hangers” is not used. The lock should be on the right side, and the cock and battery are unrealistic. Some cutlass and pistol brandishing between the Dutch and English, mid-17th century. Another form that may have been seen among buccaneers is that of the Eastern European short scimitar or saber, as depicted below worn by a Native American. See below. A lighter-bladed cutlass like this would be more suited for conventional cut and thrust swordplay. Jackson’s journal was published in Camden Miscellany vol. Rijksmuseum. The blade is of the falchion type and has a large pommel for balance. From left to right, Penn, Lawson, Berkeley, Harman, Monck, & Sandwich. (British Museum.). Brass-hilt cutlasses or hangers, probably gilded, worn by English admirals, from the Royal Museums, Greenwich, dating to the 1660s. It is a highly effective cut: I have cut through twelve inches of brisket with it. Unwrapped Handle Some may have been issued as cutlasses, and possibly made their way into the hands of corsaires and flibustiers, or similar swords might have. Both The Sea Rover’s Practice and The Buccaneer’s Realm also include information on the cutlass and other swords; the latter has an entire chapter devoted to associated late 17th century swords and swordplay. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Miller’s inside guard with a falchion, hanger, cutlass (1738). It was previously owned by a pirate named Unlucky Jenkins, who died after a long series of improbable and very unlucky calamities. Main Difference. Brass-hilt cutlasses or hangers with naval provenance, from the Royal Museums, Greenwich, dating from the 1660s to the very early 18th century. Only the outer edge is sharp, and the back is flat, giving the blade a triangular cross-section. These brass-hilted swords were issued not only to army infantry grenadiers, but also to the troupes de la Marine and to auxiliary forces guarding French ports. Under his command were Juan Corso and Pedro de Castro, two captains noted for their reprisal cruelty against English and French seamen. All this said, a skilled “complete” swordsman or swordswoman can fence pretty damn well with anything. Note that prize-fighters fought primarily with swords, as well as with quarterstaff, and occasionally with fists. That’s actually an area I’ve been looking into–shipboard swords other than cutlasses (or “hangers”). The slightly curved blade does not have a clip point but it has either a sharpened or false back edge for a short distance. Not the heavy pommel for balance. The low seconde and prime parries are just as important. Hanger, first half of the 17th century, believed to have been used at Naseby. Fiction and film have, for ease of plot not to mention laziness or ignorance, given many the false idea that swordplay was practiced with real swords. (Hanger once, cutlass twice, as well as a note that his men were armed with cutlasses. From Francesco Antonio Marcelli’s treatise on the rapier: Regole Della Scherma, 1686. In The Golden Age of Piracy I discuss to a fair degree what we know from period accounts about how the cutlass may have been used. British Museum. Musée national de la Marine. Rock the Brazilian aka Roc or (in Jamaica) Rocky aka Gerrit Gerritsen, from Alexandre Exquemelin’s De Americaensche Zee-rovers. Exquemelin’s Spanish edition (1681) uses ‘alfange’ (alfanje), whose root is the Andalusian Arabic alẖánǧar or alẖánǧal, from the Arabic ẖanǧar, a dagger or short sword, which some scholars have suggested is the origin of the English word hanger. From the form of the blades, the upper would be more “tip heavy” and capable of short cleaving cuts, while the lower would be a better “fencing” weapon. The heavy curved blade would make powerful cleaving cuts. Below is a detail from an illustration of the famous Jean Bart–a Flemish corsaire in French service–showing him with a cutlass. Both swords have a single shell on the outside. Bilgewater Cutlass was an advanced item in League of Legends. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1973, page 181. It is treated as a scimitar for any effects that apply to scimitars. Doubtless there at some among them, given how common these cutlasses were. They are also subject to counter-attacks in opposition. De Ruyter’s cutlass hilt, from a painting in the Rijksmuseum. […]. (French National Library.). Sweeping cuts are the most common sort of drawing cuts, but they are dangerous in practice unless one is mounted (and moving quickly) on a horse, or has a shield, targe, or other defense in the unarmed hand. This thread is archived. The purpose of this Middle-Eastern blade was to allow cavalry to rampage through the enemy infantry lines. British Museum. Possibly one of the more practical texts, and even then incomplete, is that of Lieutenant Pringle Green in manuscript in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Note that the clip point found on many cutlasses is designed to make a curved blade more effective at thrusting. Many cutlass hilts were probably this simple. 128 comments. It appears to lack a knuckle bow. Our typical idea of a “true” pirate cutlass is taken from the illustrations, such as that above, in Alexandre Exquemelin’s The Buccaneers of America. Dutch naval sabels or cutlasses: a half-basket or Sinclair type, and a pair with mere crossbars, falchion-like, although perhaps the knuckle guard was inadvertently omitted by the illustrator or a small shell on the outside is hidden from view. High seconde and prime–“falloon” or hanging guards–are useful for parrying, and are mandatory to parry a musket, as he illustrates, as also half-pikes (Girard illustrated this with the smallsword in the mid-eighteenth century). Drummond sent his men with drawn cutlasses on board a ship, Adventure, John Howell, master, and bade deponent, who was piloting her, to anchor her under the guns of his ship.” In the Deposition of William Fletcher, May 2, 1700, the said ship master described being his beating by pirates “with the flat of the Curtle-axes.” See also the endnotes below for other seventeenth century cutlass references associated with pirates and sea rovers. The image above is of the hilt of the cutlass of famous Dutch admiral Michel de Ruyter. (Royal Museums Greenwich.). Dutch shell-hilt cutlass with thumb-ring. The blade is thirty inches long and the weapon’s weight almost three pounds–heavy by any standard. Cutlass balance determines how well the cutlass may be wielded in terms of traditional fencing actions, and which forms of cuts work best. And so it will. Detail from “Allegory on the Dutch Raid on the Medway (1667), with a Portrait of Cornelis de Witt” by Cornelis Bisschop, 1668. This is nonsense. The sabre (US saber) or shable (French sabre, Spanish sable, Italian sciabola, German Säbel, Russian sablya, Hungarian szablya, Polish szabla, Ukrainian shablya) is a single-edged curved bladed cavalry sword. Yet in spite of all the romance of buccaneers and their swords–cutlasses usually in reality, but often rapiers in cinema–we don’t know as much about the swords themselves as we would like. Moreover, those who argue for the flat rather than the edge, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, forget one thing: each time the adversary parries your blade, it will be nicked. It is iron-hilted and has a single simple outside shell, a small quillon, a knuckle bow carried to an un-ornamented pommel. This curved sword is shorter than a longsword and longer than a shortsword. $19.75 $ 19. If one’s grip is not firm when cutting with an unbalanced hilt, the blade may turn slightly and cut poorly or not at all. However, the forms of cutting swordplay with Western battlefield weapons–saber, broadsword, backsword, hanger, cutlass–all show the use the of the edge for parrying in texts, illustrations, and other accounts. For the latter answer, the cutlasses could be of Dutch, English, or possibly French origin. British Museum. As nouns the difference between cutlass and scimitar is that cutlass is (nautical) a short sword with a curved blade, and a convex edge; once used by sailors when boarding an enemy ship while scimitar is a sword of persian origin that features a curved blade. A single-stick or cudgel, by the way, differs from a real sword “only that the Cudgel is nothing but a Stick; and that a little Wicker Basket, which covers the Handle of the Stick, like the Guard of a Spanish Sword, serves the Combatant, instead of defensive Arms.” (Misson’s Memoirs and Observations in His Travels Over England, 1719. Most historical accounts show a great deal of indiscipline among pirate crews. Lieutenant Pringle’s text makes a few important notes. One of three French cutlasses discovered in the wreck of La Dauphine, a French privateer lost at Saint-Malo in 1704. I have described late 17th century cutlass technique, or at least what we know of it, in The Sea Rover’s Practice, The Buccaneer’s Realm, and The Golden Age of Piracy, especially in the last book. Certainly they were aboard Spanish men-of-war, which had a large proportion of soldiers aboard: perhaps the earliest “Bilbao hilt” cutting sword, popular in the 18th century, dates to the 1660s and was found aboard a Spanish wreck. For the cutlass my group uses scimitar w/out finesse property (they were designed to hack through rope, canvas, wood, people etc., we view it as a more brute force weapon than finessable) and for sabre use rapier but deals slashing instead of piercing damage. Miller’s outside guard with a falchion, hanger, or cutlass (1738). From Paul M. Ambrose Antiques. The image is an excellent view of single piece construction of shell, quillons, knuckle guard, and thumb-ring. The sword was expensive, and probably few if any buccaneer carried such a weapon. The grip is wood covered with cane, with a few wrappings of wire. Cutlass or hanger of Admiral Sir Thomas Hoppsoon, circa 1703 to 1705. Here is a silver and antler-hilted hunting hanger, suitable for, and often used for, naval service. At the man’s feet lies a corpse cloven in half through the torso. I’ve discussed training in the cutlass elsewhere, including a few notes in my Fencing Books For Swordsmen & Swordswomen post. The cutlasses are iron-hilted with antler grips. Cutlass vs. Scimitar. Sabre de bord de corsaire (boarding cutlass of a privateer) circa 1740, by a French maker whose manufactures date to the late 17th century. The adamant scimitar is the fourth strongest scimitar in the game (behind rune, gilded and dragon). Again, we see dog or monster pommels, and also lion pommels. They can deal slightly higher hits than swords, but less than longswords. Hilt artifacts from the 1690 wreck of the Elizabeth and Mary, a small New England vessel wrecked after the Phips attack on Quebec. That said, some colonies used the term hanger instead in the same period. Late seventeenth century foils with small shells similar to those of smallswords. The Scimitar was used for slicing attacks and often used from horseback.. Scimitars had a distinct curved blade ending with a sharp point. Shells are quite useful–mandatory, in my opinion–to protect the hand. As nouns the difference between cutlass and scimitars is that cutlass is (nautical) a short sword with a curved blade, and a convex edge; once used by sailors when boarding an enemy ship while scimitars … From the French chart Carte particulière de la rivière de la Plata by Paul Cornuau, probably 1684 based on a nearly identical chart he drew of the River Plate dated 1684. One type of sword I like is the 17th century walloon hilt saber, which I plan to get one of for fencing practice. Detail from a circa 1701-1702 image of famed corsaire Jean Bart, by Nicolas Arnoult. coutelas de Damas. Notably, these weapons do not have guards, and if parries are not used sparingly, and made carefully, fingers will be lost (which is almost certainly why serious sparring and actual combat with these weapons is often in “absence of blade” and emphasizes tempo actions). A single outside shell, especially in conjunction with an upper quillon and a knuckle bow, provides merely adequate protection to the hand. Money is always a concern in film-making, and it is much cheaper to use existing swords than to make historically accurate ones in large quantities, or, too often, even in small quantities. A lightly laid on cut with a straight edge, one made with small arm movement, will require a deliberate drawing motion. The “thumb on the back of the handle” grip is suitable for lighter weapons only. The French word is itself a corruption of the Italian coltellaccio, or "large knife", derived ultimately from Latin cultellusmeaning "small knife." British Museum. From my article: “Still debated today are the issues of whether hanger or cutlass is the more appropriate English name for the short cutting sword or swords used by late seventeenth century mariners, and whether the words refer to the same or different weapons. Its hilt has two shells, both small and scalloped. Worse, I’ve seen “swords and cutlasses” listed among the arms of various merchantmen. grazing and yielding actions in a single tempo); &c. That said, I will add a note to dueling here even though far more information is in The Golden Age of Piracy (including the only confirmed description of a duel fought between buccaneer captains). Most of these swords appear be gilded brass hilts. 98, no. Coutelas bien tranchant. Was coining down upon my Head, and cut his Hand off almost. Detail from The Battle of Livorno (Slag bij Livorno) by Reinier Nooms, circa 1653-1664. 3:n.p. The different range is an upgrade when the combined size of the user and target are below 150 units, and a downgrade when above 150 units. The Scimitar,from the persian word shamshir - lion's tail, is the Arabian/Moorish version of the Cutlass sword. Of an English seamen put in irons aboard a Portuguese carrack circa 1669 out of fear he might help lead a mutiny, passenger Father Denis de Carli wrote: “He was so strong, that they said he had cleft a man with his cutlass, and therefore it was feared he might do some mischief in the ship, being in that condition [drunk for three days on two bottles of brandy].”. And is a detail of the “ cane ” was almost certainly de.... Review my blog post, buccaneer cutlasses: what we know for more information be akin to getting hit the! 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