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Neti S

Location: New Jersey
Joined: 30 Mar 2019

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr, 2022 11:10 am    Post subject: Union Musicians sword cutting         Reply with quote

I recently acquired a Musicians sword from right at the end of the civil war, I really bought it to try and make a cutter out of it, the balance feels great and I've always had an affinity for the lighter, spadroon-y swords (smallswords as well). I was wondering how I should go about this, even if I should at all. I have effectively no sharpening experience and have generally asked others to do it for knives and my swords have all simply arrived sharp to begin with.

I ask you all for some guidance here. How can I safely sharpen my sword?
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Glen A Cleeton

Location: Nipmuc USA
Joined: 21 Aug 2003

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Apr, 2022 1:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I suppose it would be fine for cardboard and bottles but these are quite light and thick for their width.

The true way to sharpen these is to simply follow the bevels to a zero edge, Simply continuing the existing bevel grind. While it would accept a secondary bevel, that will simply make it more of an angle than the original grind. One could use a sanding block and simply work the bevels until they join.

These swords were not really ever sharpened and issued unfinished. Which maker does the markings show? These are very handy poky thingies.

I have a very short Roby USMC musician boy's sword, along with a late import and an 1854 Ames nco sword. My import musician sword a little different than the US made swords.

Files and sandpaper to follow those bevels will give you the best edge.

Some of my spadroons were finished to sharp and do cut. I massacred a pumpkin with one of my favorites. My magic spadroon.


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