short, broad sword

A cutlass is a short, broad sabre or slashing sword, with a straight or slightly curved blade sharpened on the cutting edge, and a hilt often featuring a solid cupped or basket-shaped guard. It was a common naval weapon during the early Age of Sail.


  • Villain, art thou the son of Tamburlaine,
    And fear’st to die, or with a curtle-axe
    To hew thy flesh, and make a gaping wound?
  • ’Twas a cutlass swipe, or an ounce of lead,
    Or a yawing hole in a battered head—
  • ... Darkness and empty chairs,
    This was the port that Alexander Home
    Had come to with his useless cutlass-wounds
    And tales of Cook, and half-a-crown a day—
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