Pre-1898. Iron hilt with D form guard incorporating a finger loop at the front. 22 3/4" broad, slightly curved, spear pointed blade with narrow back fuller and maker's name to the forte. Gauchos had much in common with American cowboys, tending cattle on the lawless open pampas (South American prairies), often defending against rustlers or bandits. For the gaucho, the knife or short sword was the weapon of choice and the Gauchos' skill in using them was legendary. This sword is an improvement on the facão or "big knife" of the Gauchos, offering hand guard protection and a finger ring for better control. It is well-used, sharpened to a razor edge and nicked from battle.