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Name Cutlass
Skill Short Blades
Damage 7
Accuracy +4
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 5 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A broad curved short sword.

"Who was the first that forged the deadly blade?
Of rugged steel his savage soul was made"

-Albius Tibullus, _Elegies_ I, xi. ca. 25 B.C.

trans. James Grainger, 1822.

This weapon falls into the 'Short Blades' category. It is a one handed weapon, and it is better for the dexterous.

The cutlass is the short blade with the highest base damage, making it a desirable choice for both stabbing and actual melee combat (though quick blades are generally considered more powerful, particularly when coupled with a high slaying bonus). Just be careful about using them on hydras; although they are short blades, they can still sever hydra heads (unless, of course, they have the flaming brand, in which case a skilled user can wield them against hydras to great effect). Cutlasses are fairly uncommon, but some early- and mid-game monsters wield them (such as the unique summoner Eustachio and the deep elves of the Elven Halls).

Note that cutlasses are special-cased to have a minimum delay of 5, even though all other weapons with a base delay of 12 have a min delay of 6.


Cutlasses were retired in 0.16, and replaced with rapiers.

Prior to 0.14, this weapon was known as a sabre.

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