Refurbished from a smallsword as many were. See Neumann, Swords and Blades, Revolutionary War Encyclopedia and The Knife in Homespun America for many and variant examples. This example employs the blade, reduced to 13 1/4” and guard from an English smallsword of Neumann 214.S type. The grip is well thought out and executed, lathe turned with the sides flattened to improve grip. It is finely finished, probably French polished. The result is a weapon, while improvised, of quality and worthy of military wear, in contrast to the many knives roughly assembled for utility or farm use.