This French Cutlass is a short, broad-bladed slashing sword. The cutlass was a mainstay of its boarding parties during this Age of Sail. Its relatively compact size makes it easily maneuverable in crowded and chaotic hand-to-hand fighting on a ship's deck. Most cutlasses have a sturdy guard both to protect the user's hand and for use in clubbing an opponent, this one is no exception.
- The French Cutlass is based on the Sabre briquet sword.