Early daggers (c. 1000-1150) seem to have
been knives, very similar in shape to a modern kitchen knife.
They were called 'cultellus' from which cutlass is derived.
The word cutlass now refers to a short thick curved sword used
especially by sailors some centuries ago.
This type of blade was clearly illustrated
by the painter Jacques-Louis David in 1784 in 'The Oath of
the Horatii', a classical style painting which expressed the
ideals and ambitions of the French Revolutionists.
The natural beautiful colours of the woods
used serve to enhance the austere perfection of line and form
of the blade.
blade type; cutlass
blade length; 50 cm., 20 inches
overall length; 67 cm., 26 inches
cross-guard; red beech type; 7*
pommel; rimu type; B (modified by artist)*
The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, R. Ewart
Arms and Armour Press, Revised Edit. 1981
A Knight and His Weapons, R. Ewart Oakeshott
Lutterworth Press, 1964