Pettibone sabre, c. 1820. Important new technology: ROLLED steel blade. Rare
ITEM #: E-10
Brass hilt, D-guard, birds-head pommel with backstrap. Blade and its central groove (fuller) produced by rolling the hot steel rather than by forging or grinding. Rolling saved time and money, but more importantly, the blade is essentially an I-beam. Pettibone was a blatant self-promoter and a scurrilous character, but he pioneered the technique that now produces the steel beams with which modern cities are built. Unmarked, as all but one of these are. See John Hamilton's "The Pettibone Saber." Man at Arms 7 (5): p. 20.