The Cutlass was adopted by the Navy in 1860 it was designed after the French M1833. This reproduction is constructed of carbon steel with a brass basket style hand guard. The first Naval 1860 Cutlass was reproduced by the Ames Company. Its leather wrapped handle fits the hand perfectly and sports decorative brass accents and a shiny brass pommel. This cutlass has a sweeping upturned blade (called a falchion), a single fuller (a fuller is the long groove found on some sword blades, it is there for balance and not as some think for exiting blood). Included is a wooden scabbard wrapped in leather with brass accents. This style of sword was very popular during the Civil War.