The history of the US Army NCO sword goes back to the year 1840. The sword was created to emulate the German model of the infantry sword that was normally used by British soldiers during the infamous Napoleonic battles. The US Army ordnance department contracted Schnitzler and Kirschbaum, famously known as S&K to create 1000 swords of this model in August 1840. The contract was later awarded to N.P. Ames Manufacturing Company based in Cabotville in 1844.
This weapon has been of great significance during various conflicts where the US was actively involved in warfare. It was worn by US sergeants during various conflicts such as the Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 , the Spanish-American war of 1898 and the civil war of 1861-1865. On the other hand, there is a shorter model of this sword that comes with a blade of approximately 26 inch and it was mostly carried by musicians thus the name 1840 musicians' sword. According to its history, the first company awarded with the contract to create this sword did not produce the best as expected. The swords manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company were said to have blunt edges. However, they were still usable especially in combat since they could easily break bones in the course of war. The Army NCO sword was mainly seen as the best weapon for standard bearers and hospital stewards though it was also used as a secondary weapon for the infantry NCOs. Confederates also used this weapon.
This sword has been in service for a very long time during and after war. Back in 1868, the US Army ordinance proposed that the leather sword should no longer be purchased. The same proposal also affected the leather bayonet scabbards. By then, the sword also came with a leather scabbard and after its popularity decreased, the black Japanned steel scabbard was introduced together with a pattern leather frog. This did not yet affect the significance of the 1840 Army NCO sword because it was still seen as a crucial ceremonial weapon.
However, its use was discontinued on 6th August 1875 in accordance to general orders No. 77. This led to the introduction of a modern version made of steel and it was allowed to be worn by US Army sergeants and first sergeants. After its introduction, it played a significant role in ceremonies that marked the transfer of power and responsibility within the commanding force of the army.
You are most likely to come across some Army NCOs wearing this sword during social events. It can be carried by all Non-Commissioned Officers in various ranks including the sergeant major, ordnance sergeant and quartermaster sergeant. Other officers eligible to carry this sword include hospital stewards, first sergeant, sergeant, corporal and lastly, pioneer. To date, the importance of the US Army NCO sword cannot be ignored. As mush as it is used as a symbol of honor and the transition of power within the army, it can be of great help as an alternative weapon during war.
M1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Saber Sword
Item # RC849019TS
The M1840 United States Army NCO Saber Sword with scabbard
The United States Army NCO saber sword was adopted by the War Department in 1840. The Army Model 1840 NCO Saber Sword has been worn by U.S.A. Army sergeants for over 100 years. The M1840 sword is used today primarily for honor guards and presentations.
Overall Length: 39"
Blade Length: 31 1/2"
Blade Material: Steel
Handle Material: Brass with Faux Wire Twist
Replica of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Swords
I've purchase the 1840's swords in the past and would like to purchase three more and receive the military discount if possible. I mount and present the NCO Swords to NCO's of my Unit 2/228th AV BN at Willow Grove, PA as retirement gift and to Senior Enlisted Soldiers who are transferring after superior service to the Unit. Your swords are always admired and greatly appericated by all of my Soldiers and the NCOs receiving them.
Command Sergeant Major
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This replica reproduction of the U.S.A. Army Model 1840 NCO saber has a brass hilt and knuckle bow of about 6 1/4 inches in length and a blade of 32 inches in length. The black leather scabbard sports brass fittings, typical of the M1840 (1840 Army NCO Swords) prior to 1868. The United States Army ordnance board recommended in 1868 that no more leather sword or bayonet scabbards be purchased instead they were to be replaced by steel scabbards.
Overall Sword Length: 38 1/2"
Blade Length: 32"
Blade Material: Steel
Handle Material: Brass
Scabbard: Leather with Brass Fittings
Replica of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Swords by Deepeeka
Made in India
$84.99 each In Stock
$59.50 each (with approved Military Discount)
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Item # RCCS88MNSTS
The Cold Steel USMC NCO Saber Sword by Cold Steel
The USMC , produced by Cold Steel, Non Commissioned Officer Saber Sword is a true battle worthy replica reproduction. The USMC NCO Saber Sword by Cold Steel is faithful to government specifications and offers a highly polished blade, with the appropriate etching as well as a quality hilt and scabbard.
The only real changes made by Cold Steel to drastically improve the sword's performance as a weapon is the forging of the blade from 1050 Carbon Steel and properly heat treating the blade to a tough spring temper before sharpening.
The Maxam® Reproduction replica of the United States Marine Non-Commissioned Officer’s Sabre is an excellent reproduction of the blade proudly worn by a man notorious for his bravery , fierce loyalty and combat readiness. The saber sword features a 420 surgical stainless steel blade that is deeply etched with the wording "United States Marines".
This sword saber additionally sports a faux leather covered metal scabbard , a handle that is gold plated zinc alloy and a gold tassel.
Overall Length: 34-1/2" sword , with sheath is 38"