| A broad curved short sword.
"Who was the first that forged the deadly blade?
-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.
|Axes||Battleaxe • Broad axe • Executioner's axe • Hand axe • War axe|
|Bows||Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)|
|Crossbows||Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)|
|Maces & Flails||Club • Demon whip • Dire flail • Eveningstar • Flail • Giant club • Giant spiked club • Great mace • Mace • Morningstar • Sacred scourge • Whip|
|Long Blades||Demon blade • Double sword • Eudemon blade • Falchion • Great sword • Long sword • Scimitar • Triple sword|
|Polearms||Bardiche • Demon trident • Glaive • Halberd • Scythe • Spear • Trident • Trishula|
|Short Blades||Dagger • Quick blade • Rapier • Short sword|
|Slings||Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)|
|Staves||Lajatang • Magical staff • Quarterstaff|
|Throwing||Blowgun (Needle) • Javelin • Large rock • Stone • Throwing net • Tomahawk|