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The History of the Mameluke Sword of the United States Marine Corps by James E. McDougall Dating back to the Uniform Regulations of Certified by the US Marine Corps Systems Command and manufactured by Weyersburg, Kirschbaum and Company, the Marine Corps Officer Sword we sell is of. Detailed photo-based comparison of Marine Mameluke Swords in a Buying Guide style. See how WKC's Marine Officer sword compares to other Mamelukes.
Do not swing any edged weapon carelessly.
Keep in mind that your sword, battle ready or not, is still a potential weapon that can injure or kill someone. Although we all have a "warrior" inside of us, we are not always on a battlefield.
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Make sure you are in an area where you can swing your weapon without hitting someone or something. Swords can also slip out of your hands. Selling your sword to pay for a lawsuit settlement is a big bummer.
Be very careful and use common sense when handling your sword. Do not bang your sword against another sword in theatrical-style duel. Do not bang your sword against any hard object to test its strength or the "sound" of the steel as it hits a hard object. No matter how tough or strong the steel is in any sword, it will nick when struck against something equally hard.
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In stage plays or in movies, theatrical swords with wide, thick edges are used. Such theatrical swords are designed to take the flashy looking punishment of banging edges together. Your sword is not a theatrical sword. It is important to understand that while the Mamluks were warriors, they were essentially the military ruling class of Egypt and had been since the 13th century. Even more interesting is the fact that, by tradition, they consisted predominantly of young boys who were purchased in either Turkey or the Caucusus specifically for military service.
Without trying to further detail the obvious complexities and political intrigues of centuries of Mamluk dominance in Egypt, it can be simply defined that they were a military order of acquired foreign warriors who were traditionally placed in royal accord and power.
Having established who the Mamluks were, we may return to our subject matter and consider specifically the swords used by them. Despite many romanticized notions that suggest that the Islamic swords of the times were curved sabers, this was rarely the case. The hilts on Islamic swords, however, already had begun to exhibit the tendencies of Muslim sword combat technique as the hilts were often slightly canted to the side to apply impetus to the slashing cut.
The well-known curved sabers of Islam evolved gradually from those sword forms typically used by westward moving tribes of nomadic warriors, including the ever-encroaching Mongol Golden Horde.
One form of enlarged pommel that became well-known within the Ottoman Empire in about the late 16th to early 17th century was the bulbous pommel that gave these hilts the appearance of the butt of a flintlock pistol. This particular hilt form became distinctly associated with the Ottomans and was clearly the hilt form seen on the sabers of the Mamluks by European military forces on campaign in Egypt.
During campaigns there, Napoleon and his staff had been more than impressed by the valor of the Mamluk warriors in combat.
When Napoleon returned to France he arranged for a regiment of Mamluks to be placed as an auxiliary unit of the French cavalry. The original units were comprised of actual Mamluk warriors who fought brilliantly in ensuing campaigns on the Continent, further impressing all with their reputation for magnificence in battle.
The British, who had also encountered the Mamluks, were equally impressed, and cavalry officers also sought these dashing sabers for unofficial wear. Eventually these sabers, now referred to as Mamelukes, became a regulation pattern for British general officers in To ensure safety of unarmed merchant vessels trading in the Mediterranean, an arrangement for paying tribute had been in place for a number of years.
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The Pasha, or ruler, of Tripoli had become displeased with the amount of tribute he was receiving in comparison to that of the other Barbary powers, so he had officially declared war on the United States in From through there were significant naval actions along the Barbary Coast that included blockades and other engagements, but by November a plan was made to finally replace the Pasha Hamet to his rightful throne.
The American brig Argus was sent to locate the now reluctant Pasha who had fled to Egypt with his Tripolitan followers to join the Mamluks.
This particular mission would well meet that description, as this small Marine detachment was to march across miles of desert and attack the fortress at Derna, Tripoli.