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Old 09-27-2018, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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We were stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky and love the Frazier (it is across the street from the Louisville Bat museum, so when we had visitors that only wanted to see the bats we would go to the Frazier.

Our eldest Son and his family live in Ky so we still go to the museum frequently. The docents are wonderful, and as I am blind they have allowed me to touch many of the weapons (some bare handed and some with gloves); I do not expect it and have never asked to do so.

We have a friend in Cav and he had a sword that was sharp, although he probably did it himself.
I don't know if there is any relation at all to modern ceremonial swords, but I seem to remember that Civil War era swords were often not sharpened unless the guy that carried it decided to do so. Some Cavalry sabers were left intentionally un-honed; I recall there being a very practical reason for it in the heat of battle and a sharp sword was, well, a two edged sword. I remember because an appraiser commented that a sword that hadn't been sharpened wasn't evidence that it hadn't been carried or used in battle.

So maybe its like ordering a suit coat, where the pockets are sewn shut til they're sold and the buyer opens them.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Never had the opportunity to carry a ceremonial sword. Are today’s ceremonial swords made from real steel? Are they sharpened or left dull blade?
My husband has a Navy CPO cutlass. We used it in our wedding. It's steel, and sharp enough (we cut cake with it, after it was used in the ceremonial arch), but definitely not slice-your-hand razor sharp.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:58 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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A guy a couple classes ahead of me in USNAOCS went after his Marine Drill Instructor with his sword at the commissioning ceremony. Good times.
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:37 PM
 
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My husband has a Navy CPO cutlass. We used it in our wedding. It's steel, and sharp enough (we cut cake with it, after it was used in the ceremonial arch), but definitely not slice-your-hand razor sharp.
same for a friend and their cake

it is stainless steel for durability... real combat swords dont use stainless steel... it wouldnt hold the edge well enough because what makes it stainless also makes it harder to temper into an edge

same reason high quality knives arent stainless steel
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