The cutlass features a polished brass basket for hand protection, with a comfortable leather grip with twisted wire. The blade is made of tempered high carbon steel and has a blade length of 24 inches (61 cm). This U.S. 1860 Naval Cutlass measures 30 inches (76 cm) overall and weighs 2.0 pounds (0.9 kg). The blade is a full 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) thick where it attaches to the grip, and 3/16 inch (4.8 mm) thick and 1 1/16 inch (2.7 cm) wide at the midpoint. The leather scabbard has solid brass fittings and weighs an additional 6 ounces (170 grams). The cutlass cannot be shipped with a sharpened blade, although you can easily sharpen the blade yourself. The U.S. 1860 Naval Cutlass comes complete with a leather and brass scabbard.