During Napoléon's times this sabre of the French Infantry was very popular all over Europe.
They say in 1812 the famous French emperor invented the tradition of Sabrage, a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a sabre for celebrating his victory of a battle. The wielder slides the sabre along the body of the bottle to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour.
The French word Briquet means flint-stone, probably a humorously neologism for this sabre.
The sabre features a forged, unsharpened high-carbon steel blade. The hilt parts are cast of brass. The delivery includes the matching scabbards with brass fittings.
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French Infantry Sabre, Type Briquet, for Sabrage
Blade length: approx. 61 cm
Overall: approx. 78 cm
Weight incl. scabbard: approx. 1.1 kg