This handsome Pirate Cutlass with leather scabbard features a 23 3/8-inch blade with full hand protection. The shorter length and weightiness of the cutlass was preferable for fighting in the close-quarters found aboard sailing ships out on the high sea. This Pirate Cutlass features a large, polished solid brass basket for hand protection and a hand-sewn leather grip with chrome-plated brass. The tempered high carbon steel blade measures 1 3/4 inches (4.4 cm) wide and 3/16 inch (0.48 cm) thick at the hilt (where the blade and grip meet). Overall, the sword is 29 1/2 inches (74.9 cm) long and weighs a very solid 3 pounds 2 ounces (1.4 kg). The sword cannot be shipped with a sharpened blade, although you can easily sharpen the blade yourself. Accompanying the sword is a 100 percent genuine leather scabbard complete with attached leather belt loop so that it may be hung from a belt. The scabbard weighs an additional 7 ounces (198 grams).