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Champagne Sword in Wooden Box

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Champagne sword in wooden box (French Napoleonic briquet saber)

A short-bladed saber of French origin, the so-called briquet was introduced in the late 18th century and became one of the most popular infantry swords of the Napoleonic era. It is believed that the briquete (French for flint, striker or lighter) owes its name to its smaller size and the similarity to the lighters used by the troops of the time. At first a mocking neologism, eventually became the official name of this specific type of saber.

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  • During the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, the briquet was not only an effective melee weapon, but also a useful tool used, for example, to cleanse undergrowth.

    I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate... and I drink champagne when I lose, to comfort myself.  (Napoleon I)

    It is said that it was the famous French commander and emperor (or rather, in all probability, his officers) who invented the tradition of the sabrage to commemorate the victories or overcome the defeats of napoleonic forces. This dramatic way to open a bottle of champagne with a flourish, using the blunt spine of a saber, is still used to this day for ceremonial or commemorative occasions.

    The champagne opener we offer here is clearly shorter than the iconic infantry saber on which it is based and resembles a large knife. However, it closely reproduces the design and features of the original French briquete. The slightly curved, blunt blade with thick spine and pointed tip is made of low maintenance stainless steel. The handle is made of aluminum and features a typical D-guard that ends in a short, down-facing quillon.

    To keep the champagne saber intact when stored or during transport, an elegant wooden box bound in dark blue velvet is included in the delivery. The case, of course, is also perfect for display purposes.

    Note that this short saber is not a battle-ready weapon and is not suitable for combat reenactment. It is mainly designed to burst champagne and is also a good object collection, piece decoration, prop or gift.

    - Material: stainless steel blade, aluminum handle
    - Total length: approx. 42.5 cm
    - Blade length: approx. 29.3 cm
    - Blade thickness: approx. 5 mm (cutting edge approx. 2 mm)
    - Handle length: approx. 13.2 cm (grip approx. 10 cm)
    - max. Blade width: approx. 4 cm
    - Balance point: approx. 6.5 cm
    - incl. Wooden presentation box with dark blue velvet cover
    - Dimensions of the box (C x B x A): approx. 49 x 17 x 4 cm
    - Weight: approx. 630 g
    - Weight with box: approx. 1280 g As