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History of the United States Army NCO Sword

The Model 1840 Noncommissioned Officers' Sword was based on a German version of the infantry sword used by British troops during the Napoleonic Wars. In August of 1840, the United States Army Ordnance Department contracted with Schnitzler & Kirschbaum ( S&K )of Solingen, Prussia for 1000 swords of this pattern. Later, N.P. Ames Manufacturing Company of Cabotville received their first contract in 1844 to make this sword, followed by Ames Manufacturing Company of Cabotville (1847), then by Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicoppee , Mass in the 1850s.

The Model 1840 Army NCO sword was worn and saw frontline service by American sergeants during such great conflicts as the Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848), the Civil War (1861 - 1865), and the Spanish American War (1898). A shorter version with a 26 inch blade (the typical 1840 Army NCO sword sports a 31 inch blade) was carried by musicians, and thus was called the Model 1840 Musician's sword. NCO's of shorter stature and cadets also carried this variant. Other ranks allowed to carry it included Sergeant Major, Quartermaster, Ordnance Sergeant, Hospital Steward, Corporal and Pioneer (Combat Engineer).

Many of the Model 1840 Army NCO swords manufactured by the primary contractor, the Ames Manufacturing Company, were very badly manufactured with a blunt edge, but they still proved effective in combat, as the sword could be used like an iron club to break bones. The 1840 Army NCO sword was the main weapon of standard bearers and hospital stewards, as well as a secondary weapon for infantry NCO's. The sword was also used by the Confederates who captured many after seizing state arsenals.

The M1840 (1840 Army NCO sword) has had a long service life. In 1868 the United States Army ordnance board recommended that no more leather sword or bayonet scabbards be purchased. (the sword was originally was equipped with a leather scabbard), so after the leather ones were used up, a black Japanned steel scabbard was substituted along with a new pattern leather frog. The 1840 Army NCO sword remained in service as a ceremonial weapon until general orders No. 77 dated August 6, 1875 discontinued its use. A modern version of this sword with steel scabbard is currently permitted for wear by US Army platoon sergeants and first sergeants (Army Field Manual FM 3-21.5) and is mostly used during a regimental CSM (Sergeant Major or SGM) change of command as a symbolic transfer of authority between CSM's.

Some Army NCOs have this sword and wear it for social occasions, regardless of duty as a platoon sergeant or first sergeant. After all, the sword was originally designed for them. As the original 1840 Army NCO Sword could be carried - by regulation - by all Non-Commissioned Officers. This included the ranks of:
  • Sergeant-Major,
  • Quartermaster Sergeant,
  • Ordnance Sergeant,
  • Hospital Steward,
  • First Sergeant,
  • Sergeant,
  • Corporal, and
  • Pioneer.

    # RC849019TS  1840 United States Army NCO Sword
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    1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Saber Sword
    with scabbard

    Item # RC849019TS
    The 1840 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 NCO Saber Sword has been worn by Army sergeants for over 100 years. It is primarily used today for honor guards and presentations.

  • Overall Length: 39"
  • Blade Length: 31 1/2"
  • Blade Material: Steel
  • Handle Material: Brass with Wire Twist
  • Scabbard: Metal
  • Replica of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword
  • Made in India
  • Discount for Active Military , ROTC , National Guard

    $65.99 each

    In Stock

    (Contact us for Military Personnel Discount)



    Comments:

    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.
    Thank you.
    Command Sergeant Major


    # M1840 United States Army NCO Sword with leather scabbard
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    1840 United States Army NCO Sword
    with Leather Scabbard

    Item # RC369019TS
    The 1840 United States Army NCO Sword with leather scabbard

    The United States Army NCO sword was adopted by the War Department in 1840. The Army NCO Sword has been worn by Army sergeants for over 100 years. It is primarily used today for honor guards and presentations such as PCS and change of command. Prior to 1868 the M1840 (1840 Army NCO sword) was equipped with a leather scabbard and this traditional sword is preferred by various units.

  • Overall Length: 42"
  • Blade Length: 31 1/2"
  • Blade Material: Steel
  • Handle Material: Brass with Wire Twist
  • Scabbard: Leather with Brass Fittings
  • Replica of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword
  • Made in India
    $69.99 each
    In Stock




    United States Army Zippo Lighters
    Officially Licensed by USA Army
    net licensing revenue is devoted to U.S. Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs
    Made in U.S.A.

    # 24828Army United States Army Zippo Lighter
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    United States Army Zippo Lighter
  • Green Matte
  • Packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Officially Licensed
    Item # 24828Army

    $28.95 each
  • # 280Army United States Army Emblem Zippo Lighter
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    United States Army Emblem Zippo Lighter
  • Brushed Chrome
  • USA Army Emblem
  • Packaged in an environmentally friendly gift box
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Officially Licensed
    Item # 280Army

    $27.95 each

  • Sword Stands

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    # RCSZ926675TS Wood Single Sword Table Display Stand
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    Wood Single Sword
    Table Display Stand
  • Width: 13"
  • Height: 5 1/2"
  • Material: Hardwood
    Item # RCSZ926675TS

    $7.99 each
  • # RCSZ926677TS Wood Two Sword Table Display Stand
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    Wood Two Sword Table Display Stand
  • Width: 12 1/2"
  • Height: 12"
  • Material: Hardwood with a black finish
    Item # RCSZ926677TS

    $12.99 each
  • # RCSZ926730TS Wood Two Sword Wall Display Rack
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    Wood Two Sword Wall Display Rack
  • Width: 16"
  • Height: 13 1/2"
  • Material: Hardwood with a black finish
    Item # RCSZ926730TS

    $11.99 each

  • # AH3106S 1840 United States Army NCO Sword by Deepeeka
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    1840 United States Army NCO Sword by Deepeeka

    Item # AH3106S

    This replica 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 scabbard is of black leather with brass fittings, typical of the M1840 (1840 Army NCO sword) prior to 1868. In 1868 the United States Army ordnance board recommended that no more leather sword or bayonet scabbards be purchased. (being 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 Sword by Deepeeka
  • Made in India

    $79.99 each
    In Stock
    $55.99 each (with approved Military Discount)
    (Contact us for Military Personnel Discount)


    # 500350 1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts# 500350 1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts
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    1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword
    by Windlass Steelcrafts

    Item # 500350

    The United States Army NCO sword was adopted by the War Department in 1840. The United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword was carried by American soldiers for over 70 years; a period which included the Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish American War. The single edged blade has a single broad fuller running from the ricasso to near the point. The entire hilt is cast brass and the grip is ribbed. The pommel of the United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword is global with a capstan. The grip is flanked by kidney shaped hand guards. The United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword is made by Windlass Steelcrafts® and comes with a steel scabbard. The United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword is primarily used today for honor guards and presentations.

  • Overall Length: 39"
  • Blade Length: 31 3/4"
  • Blade Material: Steel
  • Handle Material: Brass with Wire Twist
  • Scabbard: Metal
  • Replica of the Model 1840 United States Army Non Commissioned Officer Sword
  • Windlass Steelcrafts logo on blade
  • Made in India
  • Sharpened Version Available

    $109.95 each

    In Stock
    $76.97 each (with approved Military Discount)
    (Contact us for Military Personnel Discount)



    # 501080 Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword
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    Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword
    by Windlass Steelcrafts

    Item # 501080

    This deluxe Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword features a hand polished to a mirror finish tempered unsharpened ceremonial edge stainless steel blade. The pommel and guard fittings of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword are intricately cast solid brass that are richly plated in 24K gold. The grip of the Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword is wrapped with silver plated brass wire. The Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword comes with a scabbard which is covered in genuine black leather with brass mounts also plated in matching 24K gold. A protective cloth bag is also included.

  • Overall Length: 39"
  • Blade Length: 32"
  • Blade Material: Tempered Stainless Steel
  • Blade: Unsharpened Ceremonial Edge, sharp tip , hand polished mirror finish
  • Pommel Material: Solid Brass with 24K Gold plating
  • Grip: Entirely wrapped in silver plated brass wire
  • Guard Material: Embossed and polished solid brass with 24K Gold plating
  • Scabbard: Polyurethane tube covered with black calf leather, polished solid brass fittings with 24K Gold plating
  • Protective cloth bag
  • Deluxe Replica of the Model Model 1840 United States Army NCO Sword
  • Factory: Windlass Steelcrafts
  • Made in India

    $325.00 each
    In Stock

    # RCSZ902931BKTS 40 inch Calvary Sword Leather Grip# RCSZ902931WDTS 40 inch Calvary Sword Wood Grip
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    1840 Army Calvary Saber Sword

    Item # RC139209TS
    The 1840 Army Calvary Saber Sword with Scabbard
  • Overall Length: 40"
  • Blade Length: 32-1/2"
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel
  • Scabbard: Polished Steel
    YOUR Choice of Grip Finish
  • Handle Material: Black Leather grip twisted wire wrap with Gold Finish Metal
    or
  • Handle Material: Wood grip with Gold Finish Metal
  • Replica of the Model 1840 Army Calvary Saber Sword

    $65.99 each




    # 801724 United States Marine Corps NCO Sword Letter Opener
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    United States Marine Corps NCO Sword Letter Opener

    Item # 801724

    This is an exact scaled replica of the current issue USMC NCO saber sword used by the United States Marine Corps. An exact miniature replica, with all the detail, blade etchings and metal parts of its larger brother. The Windlass Steelcrafts® United States Marine Corps NCO Sword Letter Opener with Scabbard has a full stainless steel blade and the regulation scabbard (sized accordingly of course)! This beautiful tribute to our fighting elite features a nicely finished wood base with a full metal, highly detailed, official Marine Corps coat of arms plated in real 24K gold affixed boldly and proudly to the front. The stand is 7 1/2" tall overall, 10 1/2" with saber. Saber is 10" overall. Makes a great desk top display and letter opener.

    The United States Marine Corps NCO Sword Letter Opener with Scabbard is officially licensed by the USMC. A percentage of the revenue from the sale of this fully approved and officially licensed USMC product is used to support and enhance morale, welfare and recreation programs for American Marines and their families worldwide.

    Since 1775, the United States Marine Corps has been winning battles and defending our nation. Honor, courage and commitment are the qualities this distinguished military branch lives by. Show your appreciation and support for our brave men and women who fight for the freedom of America. Semper Fidelis!

  • Officially Licensed by the USMC
  • Overall Sword with Scabbard Length: 11"
  • Overall Sword Length: 10"
  • Blade Length: 8"
  • Blade Material: Steel
  • Handle Material: Brass with Wire Twist 24K Gold Plated
  • Scabbard: Black with 24K Gold plated fittings
  • Stand Overall: 7-1/2"
  • Stand With Saber: 10-1/2"
  • Replica of the United States Marine Corps NCO Sword Letter Opener
  • Windlass Steelcrafts® Made in India

    $74.95 each

    In Stock
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    # RCCS88MNSTS Cold Steel USMC NCO Saber Sword by Cold Steel
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    USMC NCO Saber Sword
    by Cold Steel

    Fully Functional
    Combat Ready

    Item # RCCS88MNSTS
    The Cold Steel USMC NCO Saber Sword by Cold Steel


    The Cold Steel United States Marine Corps Non Commissioned Officer Saber Sword is a truly battle worthy reproduction. The Cold Steel USMC NCO Saber Sword by Cold Steel is faithful in every detail to government specifications offering a highly polished blade, appropriate etching and a quality hilt and scabbard.

    The only real changes Cold Steel has made is to drastically improve the sword's performance as a weapon by forging the blade from 1050 Carbon Steel and properly heat treating the blade to a tough spring temper before sharpening.

  • Overall Length: 38 1/4"
  • Blade Length: 32"
  • Blade Material: 1055 Carbon Steel
  • Weight: 29.5 ounces
  • Handle Length: 6 1/4"
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard with Brass Fitting
  • Fully Functional and Battle Ready

    $331.00 each





    # RCSZ926717TS United States Marines NCO Sword
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    United States Marines NCO Sword

    Item # RCSZ926717TS
    The United States Marines Sword with Scabbard


    Available in YOUR choice of finish. Either Gold or Silver

  • Overall Length: 38 1/2"
  • Sword Length: 34 1/2"
  • Blade Length: 29"
  • Blade Material: stainless steel , etched
  • Handle Material: Twisted Wire Wrap
  • Scabbard: Aluminum with an Faux leather Covering
  • Color of tassel may vary
  • United States Marines Etched on the Blade
  • Imported not military issue
  • Great Decorator Saber
    $49.99 each Sale $44.99


    #RCSKMARINETS Maxam® Reproduction United States Marine NCO Sabre Sword
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    Reproduction United States Marine
    NCO Sabre Sword
    by Maxam

    Item # RCSKMARINETS
    The Maxam® Reproduction USMC Non-Commissioned Officer's Sabre Sword
    Maxam® Reproduction U.S. Marine Non-Commissioned Officer’s Sabre. An excellent reproduction of the blade proudly worn by a man notorious for his bravery , combat readiness and fierce loyalty. The saber features 420 surgical stainless steel blade deeply etched with the wording "United States Marines", gold plated zinc alloy handle, metal scabbard covered with faux leather, and gold tassel.

  • Overall Length: 34-1/2" sword , with sheath is 38"
  • Blade Length: 29-1/2"
  • Blade Material: Honed 420 surgical stainless steel , etched
  • Handle Material: Gold plated zinc alloy
  • Scabbard: Metal with an Faux leather Covering
    Retail  $119.95 each
    YOUR Price  $54.99 each



    # RCGRHK8851TS USMC NCO Sword Gold# RCGRHK8851TS USMC NCO Sword Silver
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    USMC Sword

    Item # RCGRHK8851TS
    The USMC NCO Sword


    Available in YOUR choice of finish. Either Gold or Silver

  • Overall Length: 35"
  • Blade Length: 29-3/4"
  • Blade Material: stainless steel , etched
  • Handle Material: Molded rubber grip with a twisted wire wrap. Cast metal parts with chrome Plated Finish
  • Scabbard: Aluminum with an Faux leather Covering
  • Color of tassel may vary
  • United States Marines Etched on the Blade
  • Imported not military issue
  • Great Decorator Saber
    $59.99 each Sale $49.99


    # RCSZ230953TS CSA Confederate States of America NCO Short Sword
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    CSA Confederate States of America NCO Short Sword

    Item # RCSZ230953TS
    The CSA Confederate States of America Non-Commissioned Officer Short Sword with Scabbard
  • Overall Length: 23-1/2"
  • Blade Length: 16-3/4" Etched
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel Curved
  • Handle Material: Gold Finish Metal CSA cast in hand guard
  • Scabbard: Metal
  • CSA Etched on blade
    $39.99 each Sale $34.99


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    All Edged Weapons, Battle Ready or Not, May Injure,
    Kill and/or Become Damaged if Used Improperly


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