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Generic Cutlass
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Generic Cutlass
Group: Melee Weapon
Tech Level TL–3
Size 900.0 mm length
Weight 1,250.0 grams
Cost Cr100
Ammo None
Manufacturer Various
Generic Cutlass

A Cutlass (1,250 grams; Cr100; TL-3) is a heavy, flat-bladed, single-edged weapon often featuring a full basket hilt to protect the hand. [1]

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Description (Specifications)[edit]

The cutlass is the standard shipboard blade weapon and is usually kept in brackets on the bulkhead near important locations; when worn, a belt scabbard is typically used. Blade length varies from 600 to 900mm. [2]

Weapon Characteristics[edit]

Length: 900mm. Weight: 1,250.0 grams. Base Price: Cr100.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The cutlass is a specialized form of a sword, specifically constructed to be used in close quarters combat, such as aboard a sailing ship. Cutlasses are traditionally heavy, one-edged hacking weapons with a slight point for stabbing. However, many variants exist with a wide variety of characteristics. [3]

Weapon Manufacture[edit]

The TL-3 cutlass represented in this AAB article is a sophisticated and specialized edge weapon forged of hard iron and perhaps even sophisticated alloys such as hardened steel. [4]

Imperial Marine Usage[edit]

The cutlass was adapted by the Imperial Marines and is still used by in starship combat. All marines receive at least a rudimentary training in the cutlass. Modern TL-15 Cutlasses are made of sophisticated materials and serve both full-fledged combat functions as well as honorary ritual ones. [5]

Selected Cutlass Types[edit]

  1. TL-3 Cutlass
  2. TL-15 Cutlass

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.
  1. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  2. Marc Miller. Characters and Combat (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 37.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak